In an effort to expand programs and initiatives focused on diversity and inclusion at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, the school announced Tuesday that it has hired Eric Abrams as its first diversity director. The position was created as part of the Haas School’s Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity Plan, developed last year.
A former Stanford University assistant dean who led undergraduate diversity outreach, Abrams will work to increase diversity among faculty, students, and staff; expand the pipeline of diverse student applicants; and raise alumni engagement in equity, inclusion, and diversity efforts. According to a statement announcing the news, the school’s diversity strategy will focus on the entire student lifecycle, from recruiting to alumni.
“The creation of this position underscores the priority we put on increasing diversity and inclusion here at Berkeley-Haas. Diversity–and the varied experiences and viewpoints that come with it–drives richer, more innovative thinking. It’s an important ingredient for advancing our mission of developing leaders who redefine how we do business,” says Dean Rich Lyons. “We are looking forward to Eric’s contribution to an even more vibrant community.”
In two stints in the Stanford MBA Admission Office, Abrams led efforts that helped Stanford become the most ethnically diverse of the nation’s most selective MBA programs.
“I am really looking forward to joining the Haas community,” Abrams says. “Everything I’ve known about the school has shown me it’s at the forefront of teaching students how to do well and how to do good.”