Georgetown McDonough has been named a collegiate partner of the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) as part of the first installment of the NBMBAA Collegiate Partnership Program. The program aims to increase awareness and facilitate access to graduate and business education programs in professional fields across the country.

The partnership serves as the latest step toward increasing the diversity of Georgetown McDonough students. Currently, the MBA program enrolls full-time and evening students from 43 countries and over 15 different industries. The school also has partnerships with Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT), which equips African Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans with leadership skills, coaching and connections, and The Consortium, the largest diversity network in the United States.

In recent years, Georgetown McDonough has seen an increase in the diversity of its applicants and has just admitted its largest class to date of Consortium students. “We need to build and grow our ability to attract, recruit, and yield fantastic students,” said Shelly Heinrich, interim associate dean for MBA admissions.

As part of the partnership, Georgetown McDonough has committed to awarding at least two merit-based scholarships to NBMBAA member students, ensure at least 25 Georgetown McDonough students are NBMBAA members, and hold an NBMBAA event on campus every academic year. The MBA program also will send a case competition team to the annual NBMBAA conference. The Georgetown team placed second in the association’s case competition this year.

“We are most proud of our ability to have a diverse classroom,” Heinrich said. “It enriches the classroom conversation and allows people to really challenge their perspective and think about things in a new way.”