Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Carlson

The Carlson Graduate Business Career Center acknowledges and appreciates all cultures, ethnicities, and identities represented in our current and future student body. We encourage students to remain authentic while they learn about various career paths and emerge as leaders within their organizations.

By doing our part to cultivate an ethical, culturally-grounded, and anti-racist institution, we will equip the leaders of tomorrow to live the values of “business as a force for good.” Through sustained efforts and in partnership with our partner organizations and employers, the GBCC is making progress toward addressing the systematic harm placed on individuals and groups of people within a career search. We will continue to learn and use our privilege to advance issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in our community.

Meet our Chief Diversity Officer

Angela Spranger, PhD, MBA, is the Carlson School’s first Chief Diversity Officer and founding director of the Center for DEI in Business. Learn more about Dr. Spranger’s vision and plans to further enhance our commitment to integrate equity and inclusion.

Learn more about student experiences, school initiatives, and faculty/staff cultural competency in support of DEI

Suggested DEI Reading

DEI Training – Workshops, Talks & More

Hiring Military Veterans

Programs and initiatives for rising underrepresented students

Emerging Leaders of Color (ELOC) is a free 8-month pathway program for underrepresented high school students, introducing them to:

  • Business classes, faculty, and career options
  • Professional development
  • Networking with professionals from the Twin Cities corporate community
  • Mentorship from a current Carlson School student
  • College preparation activities

Click here for more information. 

Business Innovation Academy is a one-week, interactive, and hands-on summer program for rising 7th- and 8th-graders. The Carlson School is proud to collaborate with Equity Alliance MN to ignite students’ passion for learning and to provide opportunities to explore higher education and careers in business. The purpose of this summer program is to boost students’ personal awareness and self-confidence, as well as improve problem solving and soft skills. 

We are always looking for partners to host our students for a site visit or provide a professional development workshop for our students- COVID allowing of course.  Click here for more information. 

THRIVE is designed to provide emerging student leaders with resources to cultivate a thriving environment at the Carlson School. The program is intended for Carlson School students who are first-generation and/or from historically underrepresented groups who demonstrate commitment to learning and leadership development. Select incoming students are invited to join the THRIVE cohort, in which they take Carlson courses, participate in community building and leadership retreats together, and are provided peer mentorship. 

Click here for more information. 

Power Lunches connect Carlson School first- and second-year undergraduate women with business leaders for insightful conversations. Each month, preeminent women who are leaders in their fields will share lessons from their careers and discuss current business topics with a small group of undergraduate women. Lunches are typically hosted on Friday’s from noon to 1pm. Contact a Business Development Manager for more information.

We are always looking for partners to host our students for a site visit or provide a professional development workshop for our students. We welcome your ideas!  


Contact & Location


Hanson Hall 2-100
1925 South 4th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Career Service Hours

Monday 8:00 am- 4:30 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am- 4:30 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am- 4:30 pm
Thursday 8:00 am- 4:30 pm
Friday 8:00 am- 4:30 pm