I went to HAAS diversity workshop and I wanted to share my experience with others.What to expect?
It was a great opportunity to meet the admission officers, diversity officers, HAAS students as well as other prospective students considering HAAS full-time and part-time programs.How is it structured?
The event officially started on Saturday morning (though there was a reception on Friday that I did not go to), and it was attended by ~200 students. Presentations:
There are presentations by HAAS admissions directors, career directors, HAAS alumni, the HAAS dean and even a problem solving class by a professor. The class was really interesting as it gave a glimpse of group work component of MBA classes. The presentation all had a question/answer component as well. Panels:
There are also several student run panels, and and the HAAS folks were encouraging people to ask really tough questions. I think having students run the panel made sure people asked. I went to the Minorities in Management and the Social Impact panel (social impact panel was PACKED!) and the students. Overall, it was a great way to see how various people in HAAS work together.Networking:
There were LOTS of opportunities to meet one-on-one with HAAS students, as well as any administrator. Usually, after the presentation ended, the presenter stayed on the stage for 10-15 minutes to answer questions of students one-on-one. Official http://mba.haas.berkeley.edu/community/2013DiversityWorkshopAgenda.pdfAgenda (also attached as PDF)
HAAS is clearly big on its core principles - Student Always, Beyond Yourself, Confidence without attitude. I met prospective students from China, India, and all over United States.
If you have any specific questions, please feel free to ping me - I would highly encourage anyone who has the time to go to the diversity workshop.