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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

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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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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