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Nov 2014

LGBTQ Student Video Interview: Matt Richards – UC Berkeley Haas School of Business

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Our video interviews with leaders from on-campus LGBTQ MBA Clubs are back!  Want to know what activities clubs do or advice that current business graduate students have for LGBTQ MBA applicants?  These videos are a great sources for you. Keep checking back through the rest of the year for more videos.

In this edition, Matt Richards (co-President of LGBT Club Q@Haas) shares advice on business school admissions for prospective LGBT MBA applicants, what life is like for LGBT MBA students at UC Berkeley Haas, and what their on-campus group Q@Haas is focusing on for 2014-2015.  UC Berkeley Haas is participating in the Reaching Out LGBT MBA Fellowship program – a great scholarship and leadership opportunity for LGBTQ applicants.

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Nov 2014

How Many LGBT MBAs are There?

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One of the most frequent questions the Reaching Out receives from prospective students, current LGBT MBA students and the media is “How many LGBT MBAs are there?” or “What is the most inclusive school for LGBT MBA applicants?”

These questions are virtually impossible to accurately answer in part because tracking data for LGBTQ individuals within business schools depends on individuals’ disclosure/being out. Many schools may have 5-8% LGBT MBA students, but only 20% of them are out while in school.

However, for the past two years Reaching Out has turned to its club affiliates in an attempt to track progress in overall percentage of out self-identifying LGBT MBAs in business school at any given time and the number of students participating in on-campus LGBT clubs.

Last year, working with a small sample of 16 MBA programs we found that approximately 2.7% of MBAs were openly LGBTQ. This year, working with a slightly larger sample of 33 of our LGBT MBA Affiliates (6 participating survey programs opted out of numbers disclosure), we found that the approximately 2.94% of current MBAs self-identify as openly LGBTQ. Additionally the median on-campus LGBT MBA club membership at the 39 participating affiliates is 45 individuals (most clubs incorporate active ally members).

As previously stated, this data is not scientific nor does not give a full picture of any specific schools’ LGBT inclusiveness or lack thereof. It simply helps us gauge progress and overall openness within the LGBT community over time.

However, given that even conservative estimates up LGBTQ individuals as approximately 3.5% of the population, it appears we may have some work to do through programs, like the LGBT MBA Fellowship designed to attract more out LGBT applicants to business school programs.

LGBT MBA Inclusion Data 2014-2015 from Reaching Out MBA Affiliates

 

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Nov 2014

LGBT MBA CLUB HIGHLIGHT: TUCK PRIDE’S TUCK TAILS – COMING OUT EDITION

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By Jasper Wright, MBA Tuck at Dartmouth ’15

Tuck Tails are weekly happy hours that happen on Thursday evenings. It’s a chance to unwind with your classmates after a busy week (students don’t have Friday classes for most of the year). Each event is often sponsored by a different student organization. Tuck Pride uses the events it sponsors (e.g., Allypalooza and Diva Party) to raise awareness of LGBT issues. The October 9th Tuck Tails celebrated National Coming Out Day.

Two students told their coming out stories and another student shared his dad’s coming out story. Terry, Justin and Jay encouraged our classmates to help create and foster an atmosphere of tolerance and acceptance when we all leave Tuck. There was an overwhelmingly positive response from everyone in attendance. Students then headed over to the steps of Tuck Hall, the iconic building that appears in all the brochures, to light up the columns in rainbow!

Tuck Pride’s Tuck Tails 2014 LGBT

 

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