Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
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​Diversity at Driehaus

At the Driehaus College of Business, we’re committed to supporting diversity, equity, inclusion (DEI) in our academic community. We seek to ensure that our students feel welcomed and empowered to become socially responsible business leaders who value diverse perspectives. Guided by DePaul’s Vincentian values, our college fulfills this commitment through:

Student Engagement

At DePaul, you’ll be welcomed into a diverse community of learners in the heart of a multicultural city. All first-year students enroll in a class that introduces them to Chicago’s diverse and vibrant cultures.  We also connect you to service learning opportunities through the DePaul Steans Center.   Throughout your time here, you'll find support and community at DePaul's cultural centers, as well as opportunities to expand your networks and friendships in our undergraduate and graduate business student organizations, including organizations that serve underrepresented communities.

Curriculum & Centers

As a student, you’ll have opportunities to build your skills while creating solutions for social issues in the real world. We require all students enrolled in our Bachelor of Science in Business (BSB) to complete an interdisciplinary course on business for social good, which explores how modern business can address critical social and environmental issues. Our Coleman Entrepreneurship Center and Women in Entrepreneurship Institute complement the curriculum by offering opportunities for you to develop businesses with social impact.


To ensure equal access for current and future students, we regularly partner with corporations, local organizations and nonprofits to create a future pipeline of diverse talent. These collaborations enable us to offer scholarships, career education and mentor programs for students from underrepresented communities.

Our DEI Vision

The Driehaus College of Business is committed to fostering an inclusive community for students, staff and faculty. We aspire to create a diverse student body reflecting the richness of the community in which we operate. We promise on-going evaluation, continuous improvement and transparent communication of our college policies, practices and programs, including those related to recruitment, retention, mentoring and leadership development for students, faculty and staff. Through these efforts, we will create a culture of inclusion in which all students, staff and faculty feel welcomed and empowered with the support and resources needed to thrive.

Recent News

Luis Rivera at the July 11 bootcamp

Increasing Diversity Through an Accounting Boot Camp

Our accountancy boot camp, funded by a PwC grant, introduced students of color to accounting concepts and careers.

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Students sitting in a classroom at the DePaul Center as part of the Greenwood Project's summer bootcamp.

Connecting Students of Color to Careers in Finance

DePaul partnered with the Greenwood Project to help deliver a finance summer program to over 200 Black and Latinx youth.

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Faculty Members and DEI Award winners Yvette Lopez, Marty Martin and Helen LaVan

Supporting Research  and Advocacy in DEI

Faculty members Yvette Lopez, Marty Martin and Helen LaVan received the DePaul Provost Award for Excellence in DEI for their DEI scholarship and advocacy.

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of undergraduates and 34% of graduate students are students of color.


of undergraduates and 50% of graduate students are women.


of first-year students are the first in their families to attend college.

The Driehaus College of Business provided me with a strong understanding of the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace. This skillset enabled me to work for and support a national nonprofit that advocates for Hispanic advancement in corporate America” 

Larissa Aranda (BUS ’19, MBA ’22), Executive Programs Manager, Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility

Larissa Araanda (BUS ’19, MBA ’22), Executive Programs Manager, Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility

​​​​DEI Events at DePaul


Contact Us

For questions about DEI at the Driehaus College of Business, contact:

Juan Mendez
Diversity Advocate
Email: jmendez2@depaul.edu
Phone: (312) 362-7178