Carnegie Mellon University

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging at the Tepper School

The Intelligent Future is diverse and inclusive. 

At the Tepper School, we are committed to creating and growing a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture and community that affords all students, staff, faculty, alumni, and business partners with a true sense of belonging. Together, we can create, impact, and sustain change.

By aligning our core values with Carnegie Mellon's ongoing commitment to DEI&B, and through our Tepper Together strategic plan, student initiatives, professional development opportunities, and ongoing education, we are uniquely positioned to educate the next generation of business leaders and entrepreneurs who will be the value creators and pioneers of change for business and society.

What does Tepper Together mean to you?

At Tepper, we are committed to caring for everyone, regardless of background, identity or life experience. We believe that the only path to a truly intelligent future is by dedicating ourselves to building a strong, diverse community.

Our Core Value Themes (CARE)

Climate, Culture, and Community

We will work toward strengthening our communities, both internally and externally. The climate, culture, and community impact how our people perceive the safety and supportiveness of our environment.

Access and Equity 

We will maintain an infrastructure for inclusion where talented people from every background and life experience can access, fully participate, and receive what they need to succeed at Tepper School.

Recruitment and Retention

We will focus our efforts on recruiting, retaining, and developing people. A shift in our mindset is needed. We will focus on how individuals can add to our culture and community vs. fit in.

Education and Scholarship

We will put in place a new context to ensure that we educate people in our classrooms with a DEI&B lens. We aspire to be viewed as a vibrant hub of innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship. 


Isabelle Bajeux-Besnainou
Tepper School Dean and Professor of Finance

A Note From Our Dean

"As Dean of the Tepper School, I am committed to making this community and environment one that is more inclusive and diverse, where everyone has a voice and feels a sense of belonging. 

We’re looking ahead: what are we going to do, where are we headed?

These are the questions we are here to answer today and our DEI&B strategic plan focuses on specific actions and outcomes to help achieve this vision."

DEI&B Strategic Plan

The Tepper Together task force, comprised of students, staff, and faculty, assembled to serve as the proactive body in establishing our DEI&B strategic plan. We approached this plan like we do any other opportunity: we analyzed the data, applied our values, and defined our approach.

The following analysis is clear: we will hold ourselves accountable as we move forward on the path that will take us where we need to go.

Explore the DEI&B Strategic Plan

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Cultural Intelligence & Thought Leadership

Tepper School researchers and faculty members are using data-informed approaches to study the impact of DEI&B on business. From sustainability and current economic trends to gender inequities and inclusive business practices, our faculty aren't just informing the DEI&B conversation: they're leading it. 


Our Community

We value a diverse and inclusive community, not only because it is ethically and morally right, but because it enriches our experiences and leads to greater creativity and innovation in our decision-making. Attracting an outstanding and diverse community of faculty, staff, students, business partners, and industry leaders, and ensuring that all members of our community have a voice and sense of belonging, empowers excellence.

We are better, together. 

Tepper Together: Learn More and Get Involved

DEI&B Strategic Plan 

Our DEI&B strategic plan is rooted in Carnegie Mellon’s longstanding commitment to equal opportunity, diversity, and affirmative action.

View Strategic Plan


Programs & Initiatives

Through our programs and student initiatives, campus-wide resources, executive education programs, alumni network, and affiliations, we promote a community that benefits all.

Programs & Initiatives


Our commitment to education includes providing resources for support, continued growth within our community, and calls to action.

Resources & Ongoing Education