Diversity and Inclusion

At USC Marshall School of Business, diversity is deeply woven into the fabric of our academic culture and student experience.  From our home in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, we have led the nation in inclusive thinking for generations. We continue this vision with the establishment of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives at USC Marshall, and the mandate to nurture increased academic and social opportunities that promote these values to our students, faculty, staff and greater community.

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L-R: Austin Lam, Solomon Abdella, Sachin Sadana and Landon Harris at the 6th annual IU Diversity Case Competition.

Read more news about the Diversity Case Competition here.

Dean's Statement on Diversity and Inclusion

At USC Marshall, we are more than the sum of our parts. Each of our students, alumni, faculty and staff is unique, and we celebrate their contributions, which help build a vibrant, dynamic and diverse community. Marshall has long played a pioneering role in creating opportunities and events to foster a diverse and inclusive environment.

Diversity is who we are and where we come from; inclusion is inviting everyone to be authentic and to respect every point of view.  In a global market and borderless economy, we believe what drives impact is the power of perspective – harnessing individual skills, talents and experiences to reshape the landscape and change the world.

Fight On!

James G. Ellis

Dean, USC Marshall

Dean Ellis speaking with student participants at the 2014 USC Marshall "Game Changers II" Diversity Conference.


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Meet the Assistant Dean of Diversity and Inclusion

langford Debra Langford is the Assistant Dean of Diversity and Inclusion for the USC Marshall School of Business, overseeing all aspects of diversity for students, faculty, staff and alumni. Previously she held corporate global vice president-level positions at NBC Universal and Time Warner, and spent 15 years as a senior-level creative content executive.  In 2017, Debra was appointed by California Governor Edmund G. Brown to the California Film Commission, which followed her seven years as President Barack Obama’s appointee to the USO Board of Governors. Langford also serves on the boards of the USC Black Alumni Association, Dress for Success West and Digital Diversity Network.  A native of Los Angeles, Debra is an alumna of USC Marshall.

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Join the Club(s)

Where do you fit in at USC Marshall?

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Asia-Pacific Student Entrepreneurship Society

Asian American Business Association

Black Student Business Association

Black Graduate Business Leaders

Global Executive Organization

Graduate Asian Business Society

Graduate Women in Business

Jewish Association of Marshall Students

Korean Business Student Organization

Korean Career Oriented Student Organization

Latino Business Student Association

Latino Management & Business Association

Marshall Military Veterans Association

Marshall Women’s Leadership Board

National Association of Black Accountants

South Asian Business Association

USC Marshall Pride


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Marshall MBA students enjoy the Marshall MBA Values event in March, 2017


Association of Latino Professionals in Accounting and Finance

Consortium for Graduate Study in Management

Forte Foundation

Management Leadership for Tomorrow

National Association of Black Accountants

National Association of Black MBAs

National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity

The Ph.D. Project

Reaching Out MBA

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