At Haas, students have become a driving force in boosting this percentage. Two years ago, a group of female and male students in the class of 2015 launched enhanced outreach to new admits, working with admissions to increase the number of women in the class behind them. The effort contributed to a 50 percent year-over-year leap in the female composition of the class.
Last year, students formalized their work, launching the Haas Gender Equity Initiative (GEI).
The GEI is focused on changes in three areas to better serve women: student culture, academic culture, and admissions. The group has redesigned male-centered fundraisers like “No-Shave November” to be more female-inclusive, encouraged clubs to bring in more female speakers, and welcomed both male and female perspectives on how to enhance gender equity at Haas. The school's leadership has embraced their efforts, working closely with the students at the highest levels.
Find more on the incoming class and on the demographic shift taking place in the Full-time Berkeley MBA Program in this Haas Now story: