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Prospective business school students connect on campus

MIT Sloan and Harvard Business School, with the support of Management Leaders for Tomorrow, hosted 350 prospective students during a pre-application seminar held at MIT Sloan on July 29 and 30. Attendees received an immersive “day in the life” experience during the event. It gave potential students opportunities to learn what they could expect during their business school journeys.

“I am forever grateful for our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and working with alumni who have a pay-it-forward spirit,” said Terrell Williams, associate director for diversity recruiting in MIT Sloan Admissions. “We can show people what’s possible.”

The two-day event featured stops at the Samberg Conference Center, E62 classrooms and lobby, and the Roberts Family forum. Beginning with a welcome event and remarks from MIT Sloan and HBS staff, programming included an overview of Action Learning, a presentation featuring members of MIT Sloan and HBS’s faculty discussing how to navigate business school, a student and alumni panel, and a networking reception.

“It was exciting to see so many diverse people at the event,” one attendee remarked. “I’m excited to investigate further now that I see people like me can succeed here.”

Event organizers expressed excitement about potentially increasing the pipeline of qualified candidates from diverse backgrounds.

“We wanted students to have a true glimpse into what it’s like to become a member of these communities,” said Dawna Levenson, assistant dean of admissions at MIT Sloan. 

“It’s an embodiment of who we are as a community,” Williams concluded.