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Apr 2016

Ally Week at NYU Stern

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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. Last week, OutClass at NYU’s Stern School of Business held its annual Ally Week, and we wanted to share it with all of Reaching Out’s readers.

Allyship: an active and consistent practice of unlearning and re-evaluating beliefs and actions, in which a person seeks to work in solidarity with a marginalized individual or group of people

Originally focused on LGBTQ programming, Ally Week at NYU Stern has grown in recent years to include the many affinity clubs and identities within the student body.  Each year, Stern finds ways of including new perspectives and cross-identities, and this year was no different. The week kicked off on Monday with a workshop led by Google about inclusion and the role of allyship in team environments. On Tuesday, small lunch discussions at local Greenwich Village restaurants were moderated by affinity club leaders, followed in the evening by a panel about Asian stereotypes. On Wednesday, the club screened the Academy Award-winning short film Trevor, with a Q&A featuring director Peggy Rajski as well as Jason-Daniel Fair from The Trevor Project. Thursday, the group held an “Ask Anything” forum, followed by Stern’s weekly beer blast hosted by Stern Women in Business. On Friday and Saturday, OutClass and the other Stern affinity groups organized community service projects around the city. All through the week, allyship took over Stern’s lobby with an ally pledge and public ally board. The word ally continues to have a strong meaning within LGBTQ advocacy, but OutClass has found kindred spirits in the many contributors and sponsors of a now annual event: Stern Diversity Committee, Association of Hispanic and Black Business Students, Military Veteran’s Club, Stern Women in Business, Asian Business Society, Stern Community Service, Stern Parents, Google, and Accenture.

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Dec 2015

Friendfactor MBA Ally Challenge is Now Part of Reaching Out

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Reaching Out & Friendfactor are excited to announce that the Friendfactor MBA Ally Challenge will now be part of Reaching Out’s LGBT MBA student programming.

Under a recent agreement between the two organizations, Reaching Out will formally assume all operations and management of the Friendfactor MBA Ally Challenge.  Reaching Out will continue the MBA Ally Challenge, currently in its 4th year, in order to enhance its ongoing support to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) MBA on-campus clubs, which currently includes monthly club calls & speaker series, the Club Leadership SummitLGBT MBA Admissions Summit and the ROMBA Fellowship.

“By integrating the MBA Ally Challenge into Reaching Out, the program will become an even stronger asset for campus leaders to engage and educate their LGBT and ally peers alike,” noted Friendfactor board member and former CEO Joanne Sprague.

Reaching Out Executive Director Matt Kidd remarked, “I’ve witnessed how beneficial the Friendfactor Challenge can be for schools & students in our Club Affiliate Program and I’m thrilled we will continue to grow the spectacular programming that Friendfactor has created.”

Friendfactor has deep roots within the LGBT MBA community from its initial founding by Brian Elliott (Harvard Business School ’10) in 2009 to its relaunch by Joanne Sprague (Duke University Fuqua School of Business ’12) in 2012.  The MBA Ally Challenge launched in fall 2012 with 6 pilot MBA programs, and has since grown to over 20 schools and 9,000 participants nationwide.   21 MBA programs are participating for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Following the program transfer, the Friendfactor 501(c)3 will formally close.

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