Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging at the Wharton School

At Wharton, we are focused on building a faculty, student body and staff reflective of the world’s
 richness of identity and thought.  We strive to create an atmosphere where the entire Wharton community is empowered to do their best work, to bring their authentic selves to their efforts both locally and globally, and to make an impact in the business world.

A commitment to diversity can yield the greatest impact in places where everyone feels welcome to contribute, and confident they will be heard – where everyone has room to belong. This type of impact is not achieved through one-time measures, which is why Wharton works consistently and continually to bring this mission to the forefront of our efforts. Ensuring the charge is intentionally woven through the fabric of our activities is our ongoing objective, with the goal of creating an institution we are all proud to call our own.

Diversity Efforts by Program

Diversity in Wharton's Undergraduate Program
Diversity in Wharton's Doctoral Program

Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging at Wharton: A Closer Look

Through dozens of events, programs, partnerships, and organizations, we are continuously working to build a dynamic and purposeful community.

Fostering diversity among faculty and throughout coursework

  • Wharton is a member of , which provides resources and support around integrating into the faculty body and achieving work-life balance.
  • Wharton is among the ’s expansive network of supporters, sponsors, and universities who help underrepresented minorities attain their business PhD and become the business professors who will mentor the next generation of leaders.
  • Wharton’s Initiatives for Teaching And Learning Excellence encourages professors to consider diversity and representation when creating their academic programs.
  • The Wharton School’s innovative , an historically black university in Baltimore, is a mutually beneficial exchange of business education resources and insight into the value that diversity brings to the business world.

Expanding opportunities for diverse leaders through non-degree programs

  • High School: Wharton’s Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) Program encourages youth of diverse backgrounds to pursue undergraduate degrees in business, while the strives to fill the gaps in secondary education that can otherwise render students underprepared for a business education.
  • Executive Education: helps female business leaders gain invaluable insight into their personal leadership styles and career strengths, and master the building blocks of business acumen.

Initiating conversations through conferences and events

  • Conferences such as , the , the , the , the , and the cultivate connections among students, alumni, and members of the business community while adding the richness of the Wharton experience.
  • supports student-run speaker events that focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion and that encourage dialogue and community engagement.
  • at the undergraduate level and for MBA student support, empower and connect women with personal and professional development.
  • is dedicated to student-initiated programming about inclusion and managing across difference.
  • provide Wharton alumnae with a network of support and empowerment.
  • Introduction to Diversity in Doctoral Education and Scholarship, or , is a two-day program that seeks to introduce a diverse group of promising undergraduate students to business research at the doctoral level to ultimately encourage student and faculty diversity.

Leveraging the Power of Penn

  • As an integral member of the Penn community, the Wharton School shares . Penn has become a best-practice model in this arena, and its leadership informs and enriches our own efforts to foster diversity, inclusion, and belonging.
  • The provides an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to take an interdisciplinary approach to a variety of topics concerning gender, race, sexuality, and women in society, culture, history, and language.
  • The promotes gender justice and empowers, supports, and advances personal and professional development for women and female identified persons. Students, staff, and faculty of all genders and identities are welcome.
  • is the Center for Hispanic Excellence. Not only is it a supportive environment where all students are welcomed and engaged, it also plays a role in promoting greater awareness of Latinx issues, culture, and identity at Penn.
  • The University welcomes and is committed to providing the same exceptional opportunities to all Penn students.
  • Critical to diversity on campus is our location within the diverse city of Philadelphia, whose has the opportunity to lead the nation by example and make the case for why inclusion of all races, ethnicities, sexual identities, and abilities is good for business.