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MIT Sloan welcomes prospective students for Diversity Weekend

MBA candidates help potential applicants get to know MIT Sloan

September 19, 2014

Members of the Africa Business Club

Members of the Africa Business Club

The third annual MIT Sloan Diversity Weekend, scheduled for Oct. 2-3, will provide an opportunity for prospective minority students to get a sense of what life is like as an MIT Sloan student.

“Our goal is to showcase the open and collaborative community we have at MIT Sloan,” said associate director of admissions Jeff Carbone. “We want to show how different perspectives are valued, how many opportunities there are on campus, and how all the resources you get at MIT Sloan can help you achieve your goals while here and in the future.”

The event is a collaboration between the MIT Sloan Admissions Office and minority MBA students and organizations on campus. Current students are helping to plan the program and are serving as personal hosts for attendees, providing them with overnight accommodations in their homes.

“It will definitely be an opportunity to get to know Sloan,” said Kim Hill, MBA ’15, one of the student organizers. “It will provide a chance to make new friends and share ideas and experiences, and I think that’s something that’s consistent with the mission of Sloan and the spirit of collaboration that is so prevalent in the school.”

The event launches on the evening of Oct. 2 with a welcome reception and social function hosted by the Black Business Students Association, the Hispanic Business Club, and the Africa Business Club.

The following day’s program will begin with a welcome from Senior Associate Dean Jake Cohen and continue with a variety of presentations. It will include a session on Action Learning at MIT Sloan featuring talks by students who have participated in the India, China, and GlobalHealth labs, as well as a study tour in Israel; a presentation on MIT Sloan’s dual-degree programs with Harvard’s Kennedy School and the MIT School of Engineering (Leaders for Global Operations); and a mock game-theory class and simulation exercise.

The MIT Sloan Career Development Office will present a panel about diversity at the school, and the MIT Sloan Admissions Office will speak about the admissions process and application tips. MIT club presidents will give closing remarks and the event will conclude with happy hour and dinner.

According to Carbone, approximately 30 people attended each of the Diversity Weekends the past two years, and the same number is expected this year. Many former attendees are now MIT Sloan students, Carbone said.

One of them, Alan M. Christophe, MBA ’15, came to the inaugural 2012 event and is one of the student organizers for this year’s event.

Recalling his reaction to the 2012 Diversity Weekend, Christophe said that he decided that day to pursue an MBA at MIT Sloan. “I was like a sponge,” he said. “I wrote everything down and it became the cover letter for my application. I know that’s what separated me from other students.”

Carbone said there are many ways prospective applicants can learn more about MIT Sloan—for instance, he said, the Ambassadors Program provides them an opportunity to attend class, meet with admissions, and have lunch with current students; there are also many on- and off-campus events held throughout the year. He said Diversity Weekend provides an excellent opportunity for them to gain a more thorough understanding of MIT Sloan.

“It’s a great way for them to experience in a condensed period of time the opportunities that MIT Sloan offers,” he said. “The best way for a person to get a feel for what MIT Sloan is like is to actually come to the campus. And to be able to do that in a group of people experiencing it together is all the better.”

The deadline to register to attend Diversity Weekend is 5 p.m., Sept. 26.