Educating a Diverse Community of Leaders

Diversity Initiative

Director of Diversity Steve Denson provides strategic direction and coordination to all activities that recruit and support under-represented students for all Cox programs. The department's most unique program is the Native American Initiative aimed to actively reach out to Native Americans by providing resources and information about the opportunities of a business education. The department also maintains active relationships with organizations such as the National Black MBA Association, National Society of Hispanic MBAs, and Reaching Out as well as maintaining relationships with local Dallas organizations and initiatives.  Check out this welcome video from Strategic Alliance as an example of what SMU is all about!


SMU and Cox are committed to making the Cox programs financially attainable to all. For example, through the generous support of our Cox School endowment and scholarship funds, approximately 60 percent of the Cox full-time MBA student body is awarded a scholarship each year. These scholarships make a private school education at a reputable university affordable. Scholarships range from 10 percent – 100 percent of the cost of tuition and fees.   For more information on all scholarship, please visit our Admissions pages.

Student Organizations

SMU Cox is home to several different student-run organization both at the undergraduate and graduate level committed to supporting and increasing diversity at Cox School of Business.  Throughout the year, these student run clubs host networking and professional development events and are open to all students.  Examples of events are pictured below and include:

  • Fernando Sanchez's presentation on his career at Grupo Bimbo to the Cox Latino Student Association
  • Kicking off the Strategic Alliance club in 2015
  • Students from SMU's Women in Business club attending a National Associate of Women MBAs event in Houston
  • SMU Cox hosting the National Association of Black Accountants' (NABA) 15th Annual Accounting Career Awareness Program

    For a complete listing of Student Clubs, please visit our Student Clubs site for Graduate Student Clubs, and visit our BBA Organizations page for information on all Undergraduate Student Clubs.
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For more information about Diversity at Cox, please contact:

Steve Denson, Director