Diversity and Inclusion

The Marshall School of Business has a long history of commitment to social responsibility issues including diversity, globalization and sustainability.

While Marshall has long been involved in activities that nurture inclusion, in 2015 the school created the Office of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives, led by Debra L. Langford, the Assistant Dean of Diversity and Inclusion.   

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives creates new endeavors and promotes and supports the myriad of existing diversity initiatives, including partnerships, events activities and student clubs. 

Marshall strives to cultivate robust diversity among its undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, boards and staff.  The culture of inclusion is paramount to the success of everyone at Marshall and to the graduating students who are the future leaders of a global economy.

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