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Office of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access


The RBS IDEA Office (formerly the Office of Diversity Programs) was established in 2013 and is strategically located within the RBS Office of the Dean. This office helps create and sustain a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming environment for all RBS community members, including students, faculty, staff, and alumni, where we can study, learn and prepare future leaders to courageously serve the needs of our diverse society.

The RBS IDEA Office is built on four pillars:


means everyone has the same rights and ability to participate and contribute. Inclusive environments are ones where an individual’s social identity (who one is) does not determine what one can accomplish. In inclusive environments, there will not be substantial inequality in terms of representation, rights, and resources across social identity groups and members of all groups will be invited to participate, feel welcomed, respected, supported, and valued.


refers to differences that make a difference in life chances, drawing from the variety of personal experiences, values, and worldviews that arise from differences of culture and circumstance. Such differences may relate to the complex and increasingly blurred intersectionality of race, ethnicity, gender and gender identity, age, religion, language, disability status, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, geographic region, ways of thinking, and more.


involves ensuring rightful access to opportunities, resources, rewards, and advancement for all students, faculty, and staff at every stage of their education and career development.  Equity guarantees full participation to the extent of an individual’s potential, desire, and capabilities.


refers to how institutions and policies enable entry and ensure or at least work to ensure equal and equitable opportunities. Increasing access generally requires institutions to provide additional services or remove any actual or potential barriers that might inhibit inclusive environments.

RBS PLUS Programs

RBS Pathways Leading to Undergraduate & Graduate Success (PLUS) is a portfolio of programs and initiatives designed to help students from historically underrepresented and underserved backgrounds leverage their diversity through dynamic inter-group dialogue and enriching co-curricular activities. These programs range from pre-college to graduate-level opportunities and are designed to enrich our diverse student body's academic, personal, and professional development.

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Enrolled RBS Undergraduate and Graduate Students, Staff and Faculty

RBS IDEA- Diversity Speaker Series

The RBS IDEA- Diversity Speaker Series creates a platform for conversation about diversity in business, multicultural issues that impact the global workforce, and other "business intangibles" not often discussed in the classroom. Speakers and lecturers share their learned perspectives and academic/professional journeys to provide a forum for knowledge sharing.
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Enrolled RBS Undergraduate and Graduate Students

RBS CEO Network

With the goal of connecting, engaging, and providing opportunities for students, the RBS CEO Network (Connect, Engage, and Opportunity) creates strategic corporate partnerships and co-sponsors initiatives designed to develop soft skills and leadership capabilities. CEO programs are for both undergraduate and graduate students.
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Enrolled RBS Sophomore, Junior, Senior, and Graduate Students

RBS IDEA- Student Ambassador Program

Current Rutgers Business School students from historically underrepresented and underserved backgrounds can participate in the RBS IDEA- Student Ambassador Program. This program offers students the opportunity to develop their leadership and networking skills while promoting service-learning and community service.
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Enrolled Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Scholarship Program

At RBS we understand and value the ability to provide supplemental funding and resources to assist students and families. The scholarship awards are part of a larger strategy to improve educational outcomes. 

Prospective Student Programming

To learn more about all of the offerings of the RBS IDEA Office, view the programming and initiatives for prospective students.