Celebrating Five Years of Diversity Student Weekend

If you ask Assistant Director of Admissions and Diversity Recruiter Melanie Krugel about Diversity Student Weekend, she’d smile and say, “This project is my baby.”

And, it’s true. She’s put her heart and soul into this weekend since its launch in 2014. More than 65 prospective students have attended the event, which has directly resulted in 14 matriculated students into the Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business.

“Being a diversity candidate myself, I know the feeling of fear, anxiety, and insecurity that can come from an unwelcoming environment,” said Krugel. “We ensure that all of our students feel like they’re part of a tight-knit community, because they are.”

Krugel, who is of Cuban and Jewish descent, has always been a champion for diversity and inclusion. She is personally invested in the success of her students. Diversity Student Weekend gives prospective students the opportunity to explore Pittsburgh; interact with faculty, current students, staff, alumni, and community partners; experience what it’s like to be a member of the Katz community; and celebrate Katz’s culture of inclusion.

“Katz’s Diversity Student Weekend was so impactful that I submitted my application before I even left Pittsburgh,” said one of this year’s attendees.

The two-day event is primarily focused on full-time MBA opportunities for prospective domestic women, under-represented minority groups, current or former military students, and the LGBTQIA+ community.

“From the first day of Diversity Student Weekend, it was obvious that Katz has an amazing support system,” said Jasmeen Kaur (MBA ’18). “While other schools have a very competitive feel, everyone at Katz—from the staff to the students—want you to succeed and become the best you can be.”

To learn more about diversity and inclusion at Katz, please contact Melanie Krugel at mwkrugel@katz.pitt.edu.