USF School of Management
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USF School of Management Dean Elizabeth Davis

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

The School of Management fosters a diverse and inclusive community for faculty, staff and students that encourages high performance, teamwork, respect and accountability. Inclusion is about creating a welcoming environment for all members of the School, encouraging diverse contributions that broaden and enrich our individual and collective knowledge.
We are Diverse
  • According to the 2013 U.S. News & World Report:
    • USF tied for 8th place in undergraduate student ethnic diversity.
    • USF placed 6th for success in graduating low-income (Pell-Grant) students.
    • USF was ranked 10th for the percentage of international students.
  • USF was selected #1 out of the Top 30 U.S. Non-HBCU Schools for Minorities by Diverse: Issues In Higher Education
  • 39% of our student body identifies as ethnic minority or multienthnic.
  • 31% of our students are international in origin.
  • Our most recent MBA cohort consists of students from 20 countries, speaking 36 native languages.
  • Our faculty is diverse, and multilingual. Six full-time faculty members are native Mandarin speakers. We also have faculty who are native speakers of Spanish, Turkish, Arabic, German, Russian, Gaelic, and other languages.

In addition to the diverse viewpoints that this heterogeneous student body brings to all classroom discussion and co-curricular activities, the degree programs support further understanding of issues around equity, diversity, and inclusion through required learning experiences. Service-learning is mandated for undergraduate students, and undergraduates must also take one designated cultural diversity course. Service projects and/or social research are required in most graduate programs, supplementing other course embedded learning related to our social justice mission. These provide context through which faculty and students increase their multicultural knowledge, skills, and sensitivities so they may better act as agents for social change.

USF School of Management student Christina, Reinhard

Christina Reinhard, MBA ‘08

"I have a friend, colleague or connection in just about every continent, and that’s because of my experience at USF. I didn’t understand diversity and the value of it until I came here."

We are GlobalGlobal Entrepreneurship Management

The Joint Master’s In Global Entrepreneurship Management gives students the unique opportunity to study at three Jesuit campuses on three continents — at IQS in Barcelona, at Fu Jen in Taipei, and here at the University of San Francisco. After one intense year, they are awarded degrees from each university.

Global Immersion Programs

Through Global Immersion Programs, our students travel the world — throughout South America across Europe to Turkey and Dubai — learning business and social culture directly from a nation’s leading entrepreneurs, national government leaders, finance ministers, local Chambers of Commerce and local mayors.

Students Learn About Global Immersion in Turkey and the Middle East

USF School of Management Students Learn About Global Immersion in Turkey and the Middle EastProfessors Nicholas Imparato and Mouwafac Sidaoui successfully led their fifth Academic Global Immersion program with their winter 2012 class. This year, a group of twenty-four students immersed themselves in Middle Eastern and European business practices and culture when visiting Turkey and the United Arab Emirates in January. They spent two weeks traveling to Istanbul, Abu Dhabi and Dubai, after an intensive three-month preparation period.

“The main goal of the program,” says Professor Imparato, “is to introduce students to a part of the world they are unfamiliar with, but which is important on several levels in the business world because of the roles those cities play in the existence of global giants like Coca Cola and Microsoft.” It is important, he says, to give students the opportunity to see a part of the world that is so often misunderstood, and that has recently been subjected to many stereotypes.

USF School of Management student Inez, Wondeh

Inez Wondeh, MPA '08, EMBA '12

"I’m born and raised in West Africa, Liberia where women really didn’t have a lot to say. And in this program I had a voice. No one ever said to me, you’re a woman so you couldn’t say it, so I’m happy that I was able to attend the University of San Francisco and have this experience."