Students should keep in mind, however, that while these events are helpful, they may not necessarily give them a leg up in admissions or reflect the diversity picture on campus, Lindsay told U.S. News in 2012.
Prospective MBA candidates unable to attend the summit in July may be able to take advantage of similar programs in the fall. A number of schools host diversity events during this time for applicants interested in their programs.
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Georgetown will host two Focus on Diversity events this fall, which attract about 100 prospective MBA candidates. Students can attend a mock class, participate in panel discussions with professors, interact with alumni and engage in other activities. One event will be for women and the other will target underrepresented minorities; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students; and military students.
Prospective students interested in Carnegie Mellon's Tepper School of Business can "kick the tires and look under the hood" during the school's diversity weekend in November, says Colleen McMullen, executive director for diversity initiatives at the business school. The weekend includes workshops on how to strengthen applications, information from the career center on where Tepper MBAs work and opportunities to visit classes.
Carnegie Mellon and Georgetown will be represented at the National Diversity MBA Summit.
"Many of our schools are really interested in maintaining or increasing our diversity talent in our programs," says McMullen. "Any opportunity that we have to kind of wave our flag to a population that has already kind of self selected their interest in business, it's a great opportunity for us."
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