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Jun 2016

Northwestern Kellogg Named Winner of this Year’s Friendfactor Challenge

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Pride@Kellogg is the winner of this year’s Friendfactor Challenge, a friendly competition between LGBT MBA Clubs to promote engagement and creating LGBT-friendly campus cultures through allyship. Columbia Business School’s ClusterQ and Ross School of Business’ Out for Business round out the top 3.

Pride@Kellogg is walking away with a year’s worth of bragging rights and the $5,000 prize! Watch for representatives of Kellogg being recognized on-stage for the club’s win at the ROMBA Conference in October.

13 clubs finished this year’s challenge. These schools collectively held 238 events in every region of the country throughout the academic year.

To view other takeaways and top placing schools in the categories of social events, educational events, and community events, please click here.

Thanks to all of these clubs for participating in this year’s competition:

Out@Anderson Out@Kelley
OutReach (Booth) Pride@Kellogg
Cluster Q (Columbia) eQual MBAs (McCombs)
Pride at Darden Out for Business at Ross
Out in Business (Foster) OutClass (Stern)
FuquaPride Out&Allied (Tepper)
Allies Club (Harvard)

If your school’s LGBT MBA student club wants to participate in Friendfactor in the upcoming year, have your club leader email Sho Garland today!

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Apr 2016


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At Reaching Out, we’re proud to be affiliated with some really incredible LGBTQ clubs at MBA programs around the country. Here’s a recap of UCLA Anderson’s OUT @Anderson “LGBT Awareness Week”:

UCLA Anderson School of Management celebrates LGBT Awareness Week

Walking into the Marion Anderson Courtyard last week, it was evident to students, faculty, staff and visitors that LGBT Awareness Week is not just a formality, but it has become an established, embraced tradition at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management. With columns wrapped in rainbow and banners hanging overhead, Dean Judy Olian joined members of the Anderson community in signing the Ally Pledge, and concluded a week of events and programming dedicated to increased awareness and support for LGBT members in the business and UCLA communities.

On Monday, Out@Anderson hosted the “Ask-A-Gay* (*LGBTQ+) event, attended by over 50 people, who had the opportunity to hear from members across the LGBTQ spectrum about subjects such as coming out in a professional setting, how the Anderson student body can increase acceptance of LGTBQ+ students, and other topics relating to LGBT issues in business school. In addition to the event, Out@Anderson member, Kelsey Gorman ‘16 kicked off the week with a blog post on “What It Means to Be an Ally,” featured on Anderson’s LGBT community website.

Students and staff hold a moment of silence in the Marion Anderson Courtyard for victims of bullying and discrimination during LGBT Awareness Week at UCLA Anderson.

As the week continued, a moment of silence was held on Tuesday in the courtyard to raise awareness of the silencing effect of anti-LGBT harassment and discrimination. Wednesday offered an “LGBT in the Workplace” panel designed to prepare business students for navigating diversity and inclusion in their professional careers. It included Anderson alumni in the strategy, product marketing and consulting fields from companies such as Discovery Channel, AOL and Deloitte. The panelists shed light on realities of LGBT acceptance in business while answering questions about coming out in interviews or the workplace, discrimination faced, and affirming ways companies can adopt policies to promote diversity and inclusion.

UCLA Anderson Alumni members share insight and experiences during the LGBT in the Workplace panel

The week closed with more events, including an Ally Rally at the International Food Festival, a Happy Hour in West Hollywood bringing people together to socialize in Los Angeles’ LGBT neighborhood, and participation in the National Day of Silence on April 15th.

Desserts including rainbow cookies, cupcakes and –making an appearance at all Out@Anderson table events – the traditional bowl of Skittles, were featured at the International Food Festival. All baked goods were homemade!

In an open letter to the Anderson community, Out@Anderson President, Derek Bailey ‘16 reacted to the energy and events of the week: “We are immensely grateful for your active participation in the week’s events and touched by the large number of people who signed our Ally Pledge. Beyond the rich diversity and passion of our LGBT community, our strength lies in the unquestionable support from our allies across campus. Your involvement this week has reaffirmed our belief that UCLA Anderson is a safe, inclusive and empowering space for all LGBT MBA students, faculty and staff.”

Judy Olian, Dean of the Anderson School of Management at UCLA, signs the Ally Pledge

Throughout the week, UCLA Anderson students, faculty and staff are encouraged to sign the Ally Pledge, which reads:

I pledge to be an ally to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community. As an ally, I support the Out@Anderson LGBTQ Club and their efforts to lead diversity initiatives. Beyond the Anderson campus, I will do my best to ensure that friends, family, coworkers, and colleagues feel safe and supported. I will stand up against gender discrimination and all other prejudices directed at members of the LGBTQ community. I will work to create an inclusive environment for people of all gender identities and sexual orientations recognizing that diversity is a force that enhances our shared human experience.

UCLA LGBT Awareness Week is a cross-campus collaboration, in conjunction with the UCLA LGBT Resources Center, which is celebrating over 20 years of education and advocacy for students, faculty and staff at the University of California, Los Angeles.


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Feb 2016

State of the LGBT MBA 2015-2016: On Campus Atmosphere

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As we lead up to the announcement of the current leader(s) for the Friendfactor competition, we’re going to take a moment to look at what students, both straight and LGBT, think about the inclusiveness of their peers on campus.

Today data set comes from 2918 responses from current MBA students at the 23 schools participating in the Friendfactor competition.  Friendfactor is designed to help LGBT clubs and students engage, educate and inspire their straight peers.  The hope is that through these interactions, business schools will help install more LGBT allies in the corporate world

So what did the survey find?

  • 88.44% of MBA students believe their peers are educated on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues and current events*
  • 81.72% of MBA students agree or strong agree that LGBT peers know who their allies are
  • As of the survey only 64.92% of MBA students had ever gone to an LGBT-related event
  • 86.62% of MBA students have heard a straight peer speak up for an LGBT peer on their campus

Read through these findings and more by viewing the full results of our annual State of LGBT Equality in Business School report
*there was no differentiation in the survey questions on lesbian, gay, bisexual versus trans issues, though we anecdotally have heard that knowledge of trans issues is not has high among students as gay, lesbian and bisexual issues

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