School of management

School Notes: School of Management
November/December 2019

Kerwin Charles |

Incoming students are accomplished, diverse, global

The full-time MBA Class of 2021 is a diverse and accomplished group. By the numbers, 44 percent of the Class of 2021 hold passports from a country other than the United States, with 47 different countries represented overall. Women make up 42 percent of the class, and US students of color 29 percent; 13 percent are underrepresented US students of color. The students hail from 186 academic institutions and from varying backgrounds. Forty-one are first-generation college graduates, while 62 have earned a previous graduate degree. 

Class of 2020 students in the school’s master of advanced management, master’s degree in global business and society (GBS), and master’s degree in systemic risk programs are just as impressive. There are more than 120 students in these one-year master’s degree programs. The new classes include 63 students in the MAM program, 51 in the GBS program, and 10 in the systemic risk program.

The MBA for Executives Class of 2021, too, boasts an accomplished group of leaders from a variety of industries and sectors within each area of focus. They include portfolio managers, lawyers, physicians, engineers, nurses, chief executive officers, and entrepreneurs. Of the class’s 74 students, 36 percent are women, and 22 percent were born outside the US.

New course addresses economic development in New Haven

Inclusive Economic Development Lab, a new course launched this fall by Professor Kate Cooney, gives students hands-on experience in fostering economic growth in low-income communities. 

For its inaugural year, the course is focusing on Opportunity Zones, a new federal tool created to spur investment in lower-income communities. Student teams each choose a community from four of New Haven’s zones: Newhallville, Fair Haven, Dixwell, and the Hill, and then survey existing businesses and resources, attend neighborhood meetings, and speak with community leaders. The teams then create proposals recommending development models for each neighborhood, hoping city stakeholders discover what might be possible under the program.

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