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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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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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