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We Value Diversity

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Diversity is a core value of the Ted Rogers MBA program. We strive to cultivate a learning environment that is equitable, open and inclusive.

The program is committed to increasing student representation of racialized persons, Indigenous/Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities and those who identify as women and/or 2LGBTQ+.

Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, one of the most multicultural and diverse cities in the world, our students are a reflection of the communities we live in. Every year, we welcome a group of international students into our program.

There are many student groups, supports, networks and opportunities that provide students with a sense of belonging and contribute to their success in the program and beyond.

We know that there is a powerful case for diversity in the workplace. Our program develops leaders that are socially conscious, self-aware and able to foster a healthy work environment.

Reimagining Women in Leadership

The Ted Rogers MBA program is committed to developing the female leadership pipeline. Each year, we run the Reimagining Women in Leadership, an international conference and case competition which brings together MBA students from across the US and Canada to exchange ideas on socially relevant business issues and topics related to women in leadership.

Participants have the opportunity to network with industry leaders, attend professional development workshops related to women in leadership and compete in a case competition. Read Toronto Star article: "The corporate world must act now on leadership roles for Canadian women in business — the time for patience is gone, external link."

Diversity Institute

The Diversity Institute is a leading research institute housed in the Ted Rogers School of Management which conducts and coordinates multi-disciplinary, multi-stakeholder research to address the needs of diverse Canadians, the changing nature of skills and competencies and the policies, processes and tools that advance economic inclusion and success.

Diversity Institute

Ted Rogers School of Management’s Indigenous Initiatives:

Ted Rogers School of Management Indigenous Initiatives

Board Governance Knowledge and Opportunities for Ted Rogers MBA Students

We are developing opportunities for students to build board governance knowledge and enhance access to board opportunities for diverse students with significant work experience. In Winter 2022, we will be offering an elective course on board governance along with an internship with a board.

Building community and a network of collaborators is an important part of an MBA student’s academic journey. Our students are our greatest champions and advocates for diversity. There are many workshops, panel discussions, diversity bootcamps and social activities that are hosted through our student groups throughout the year.

Ted Rogers MBA Student Groups

Black Business Graduate Students Association

Black Business Graduate Student Association

The Black Business Graduate Student Association (BBGSA) works to provide mentorship and social networking for students. They help businesses find qualified diverse talent and offer panels, workshops and volunteer opportunities to learn about ourselves and our world. BBGSA recognizes that talent comes in all colours. And they make the connections that help talented people reach their potential.

Ted Rogers MBA WILA

Women in Leadership Association

The Women in Leadership Association (WiLA), external link, opens in new window is comprised of MBA students from different disciplines with one common objective: to support women in the Ted Rogers MBA program with their vision for greatness.This student group aims to instill confidence in women to be able to break through barriers and to educate our community to blur gender lines and look at the capabilities and experiences of the individual.

Equity Service Centres

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Ryerson Students’ Union has equity service centres that serve as a space for students from different backgrounds to come together and organize equity and social justice initiatives, events, and campaigns.

 BIPOC Students’ Collective

The BIPOC Students' Collective works with the Ryerson community to eliminate racism and xenophobia both on and off campus. They do this through education, advocacy initiatives and campaigns. In addition, the Racialised Students' Collective holds social events throughout the year for racialised students and community members.

 RyePride

RyePRIDE offers education, advocacy and support of queer and trans people on campus. Their goal is to create a safe and positive campus environment for people of ALL sexual orientations and gender identities. They also have some entertaining and educational events so students can connect with other like-minded queers and allies.

 Centre For Women & Trans People

The Centre for Women & Trans People provides a safe organizing space for self-identified women and trans people to come together around issues ranging from reproductive freedom, sexuality and gender empowerment to violence, racism, and the media. They provide advocacy and resources, host discussion groups and other great events from a feminist and trans-positive perspective.

 The Trans Collective

The Trans Collective offers education, advocacy and support for trans people on campus. They have regular meetings where Trans students can support and work together. They also have entertaining and educational events regularly throughout the year to welcome new members and celebrate each other.

 RyeAccess

RyeAccess works to reclaim our bodies and minds through advocacy, campaigns, outreach, education and events. They focus on both systemic and individual issues in an effort to create an equitable environment and promote the empowerment, autonomy and freedom of students with disabilities.

We recognize that pursuing an MBA is a significant financial investment and can be a barrier to furthering one’s education. There are a number of funding packages - internal and external - available  to domestic and international Ted Rogers MBA students.

Black Graduate Student Awards

The Black Graduate Student awards are a suite of awards and bursaries established by Yeates School of Graduate Studies (YSGS) to support Black Students pursuing graduate studies at Ryerson.

 Indigenous Graduate Student Awards

The Indigenous Graduate Student Awards are a suite of awards and bursaries established by the Yeates School of Graduate Studies (YSGS) to support Indigenous students in pursuing graduate education at Ryerson.

 Indigenous Student Funding Opportunities

Ryerson provides 64 Indigenous-specific student support services directly related to the main barriers of Indigenous student enrolment.

Visit Ryerson Aboriginal Student Services for a list of Scholarships, Awards, Bursaries and supports.

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Mental health and wellbeing is central to the Ted Rogers MBA curriculum.

We know that student support and services are an integral part of a holistic approach to the wellbeing of our students. There are many services available to students to support them throughout their academic journey.

Centre for Student Development and Counselling (CSDC)

Centre for Student Development and Counselling (CSDC) offers free, confidential counselling services in a professional and friendly environment. Their services, programs and resources are intended to assist students not only to solve immediate problems, but also to define their personal, educational and career goals, and to acquire the self-confidence and transferable skills necessary for professional success and individual growth. They provide these services on a one-to-one basis or in a group format.

 Consent Comes First

Consent Comes First provides support to Ryerson community members (students, staff, faculty, alumni) affected by sexual violence.

 Ryerson Aboriginal Student Services (R.A.S.S.)

Ryerson Aboriginal Student Services (R.A.S.S.) provides a culturally supportive environment to promote academic excellence and serves as a place to balance academic learning with traditional teachings and culture. R.A.S.S. offers specialized services that include academic support, referrals for Indigenous traditional counselling and assistance with financial planning as well as as potlucks, feasts and other gatherings.

 Academic Accommodation Support

Academic Accommodation Support works confidentially and directly with incoming and returning students who live with both temporary and permanent disabilities that impact their academic functioning.

 International Student Support

International Student Support at Ryerson (ISS) works to foster a sense of belonging and community for all students who are new to Canada as well as for those students seeking a global experience on campus.