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Feb 2017

LGBTQ MBA Clubs Do Love!

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Valentine’s Day and the encompassing week it falls on is well known by many schools as Love Is Love Week. Importantly, the message embedded in the title is that all forms of love should be celebrated regardless of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, nationality, or religion. We’ve highlighted some of our LGBT MBA Club Affiliates and the events they held throughout the week to spread positivity and love on campus.

The HBS LGBTQSA held #LoveAtHBS, during which the club handed out free red roses and unveiled a new portrait project which highlighted the diverse expressions of love at Harvard.
Cluster Q organized a candygram sale for students and faculty to help them spread the love throughout campus. They also took over the weekly CBS Rugby Happy Hour and hosted the Rainbow Rugby Happy Hour.
Fuqua Pride held an ally pledge sign-up, displayed and encouraged people to add their post-it note thoughts to their Love is Love Wall, and coordinated their historically popular bar crawl which celebrates LGBTQ rights.
​Out For Business at Ross put on their annual charity Drag Show called MBgAy and donated the proceeds to the Trevor Project, the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth.
It is because of events like this that Valentine’s Day can be celebrated and appreciated as a community and not just as a holiday for couples.

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10

Feb 2017

LGBT MBA Event: Cluster Q’s Ally Week

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At Columbia Business School, November 14th-17th is known as Ally Week.  Hosted by the LGBTQ Club named Cluster Q, the week consists of themed events each day, aimed at creating an inclusive community within Columbia’s campus. Laura Kornhauser, a member of Cluster Q writes the following about Ally Week: 

Ally Week consists of one major event each day of the week (detailed below) in addition to daily tabling in the lobby of Uris Hall, the HQ of our business school. Cluster Q and Ally volunteers run the table, armed with a variety of rainbow gear to hand out to our classmates. The most popular item is our rubber rainbow bracelets that say “Proud to be an Ally” which have become an everyday accessory for many students.  The tables are also used to register students in our Ally Database and to get photos of students with their own personal statement about why they are an Ally (written on a small whiteboard we have them hold). We leverage well-loved CBS traditions such as supper club, CBS Matters, and Rugby Happy Hour to weave our discussions into the fabric of the Columbia community.

  • Cluster Q and Allies Supper Club – brings members of the community together for small and intimate discussions about the LGBTQ community
  • Cluster Q CBS Matters – presents personal stories members of our LGBTQ community and Allies as they discuss what matters most to them and why
  • Cluster Q Rainbow Rugby Happy Hour – A popular social gathering where students get decked out in Rainbow gear
  • Ally 101 Workshop: How to be an Ally – Partnered with Columbia Women in Business (CWiB), Black Business Student Association (BBSA), Muslim Business Student Association (MBSA), Asian Business Association (ABA) and Hispanic Business Association (HBA) to host a workshop discussing how members of our community can actively engage as an Ally for these organizations.  This event is open to students, faculty, and staff

Our goal for the Fall 2016 Ally Week was to reach out to members of the Columbia community to get them actively involved in the Cluster Q family. The overarching goal for our Ally community is to not only create an inclusive community within the campus, but to arm our classmates and future business leaders with skills that will allow them to actively create inclusive communities after graduation.  While it is easy to get other students to register in a database as an Ally or wear one of our rainbow “Ally” wristbands, Cluster Q as a whole has been making every effort to convert Allies from passive supporters to vocal advocates of their LGBTQ friends. Although we saw great attendance at each of our events throughout the week, there is definitely still work to be done in this arena!

With the Ally Week beginning less than a week after the election, we knew that it was more important than ever to bring our community together and remind everyone of the importance of being an Ally, especially in these challenging times. With that in mind, we made an adjustment to our “How to Be an Ally” event that ended the week’s major programming. We invited all interest groups on campus to participate, and by doing that the focus went beyond an LGBTQ discussion and became more about how Allies of any underrepresented group can proactively foster diversity and inclusion.

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, Cluster Q Club is now preparing to host another extended event, known as Love Is Love Week.

 

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Feb 2017

Reaching Out Launches San Francisco Regional Chapter

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Reaching Out MBA is launching a new initiative in 2017 which will focus on establishing regional chapters in six major cities; Boston, New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Seattle.

The first event for the San Francisco Chapter is a mixer and cocktail event being held this February at Blackbird Bar. To find out details, check out our Facebook page.

These chapters will help create local Reaching Out communities and strengthen connections across types of members (current MBAs, alumni, professionals, etc). The Steering Committee – led by volunteers with leadership qualities and an interest in their community will work with Reaching Out Staff to create events that meet the needs of the chapter. Events may range from:

Educational
-Panels
-Speaker/Company Presentations
-Workshops
-Roundtable Discussions
-Pitches/Demonstrations
-Conferences

Social
-Mixers/Meet-ups
-Sporting Events
-Trivia/Game Night
-Community Service
-Networking

Cultural
-Food Tours
-Museum Tours
-Fairs/Festivals
-Brewery Tours

If you are interested in joining a chapter or steering committee, email info@reachingoutmba.org for more information.

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