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Oct 2016

Meet the LGBT MBA Fellows: Andrew Jancaric

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The Reaching Out LGBT MBA Fellowship is a scholarship and leadership development program for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and active ally MBAs in full-time programs.  Each Fellows receives at least $10,000 funding per academic year (or $20,000 total for his/her/their two years) in addition free lifetime access to all Reaching Out programming (including the ROMBA Conference), LGBT mentors, and a leadership summit exclusively for the Fellows.  

This fall Reaching Out welcomed the second class of the Reaching Out LGBT MBA Fellows.  These 44 fellows come from 30 top business schools and over the next month we’ll introduce each of them to you.

35 MBA programs will be part of the Fellowship for the 2016-2017 application cycle.  To learn about the Fellowship and let schools know of your interest here

MEET ANDREW JANCARIC (University of California, Los Angeles, Anderson School of Management)

Prior to starting his MBA at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, Andrew spent three years working for BASF, the worlds largest chemical company.  At BASF, Andrew completed the rotation-based professional development program and learned how large corporations evaluate and implement major capital investments.  Through roles in strategic planning and capital project execution, he built a functional skill set that has served him well throughout his MBA journey.  Andrews involvement with LGBT advocacy began when he was studying chemical engineering at Texas A&M University, a school widely ranked as one of the least LGBT-friendly campuses in the nation. In this environment, he recognized the need to effect positive change in the campus culture.  He became the Vice President of A&Ms largest LGBT student group and the only openly LGBT member of the student senate.  Working with transgender student advocates and his student senate colleagues, he successfully persuaded the university administration to add gender identity and expression to the universitys non-discrimination policy.  Andrew was raised near Dallas, TX and has a deep passion for the food of his home state, including tex-mex, BBQ, and fried chicken.  He enjoys making craft beer with his dad and watching HGTV with his mom. He lives with his boyfriend and two other Anderson students in West LA.

What made you consider business school?
I have always believed that the best kind of investment you can make is an investment in yourself.  I see business school as a fantastic opportunity to expand my skill set, broaden my way of thinking, learn from accomplished individuals, and boost my career.

What are you most excited about in terms of your time in business school?
I am incredibly excited about the people that I am studying with. When I went to Andersons preview weekend, I got stuck on a crowded elevator with 13 other admits.  While we waited for the fire department to come rescue us, we all went around and introduced ourselves and what our pre-MBA stories were.  It was amazing to see how impressive and humble everyone in that elevator was. When we finally got rescued, we all agreed about two things: 1) one should never overload an elevator, and 2) if the rest of the class was as great as everyone in that elevator, the next two years would be amazing

Who are some leaders (in business, in the LGBTQ community, in society) that most inspire you?
Harvey Milk (and more recently Annise Parker) for showing the world that the LGBT community could lead, Sheryl Sandberg for showing how to lean in (even in the face of great personal tragedy), and Martin Luther King for being unafraid to speak truth to power.

What’s one thing everyone should know about you?
I love craft beer! My Dad and I are amateur home-brewers.

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Apr 2015

UCLA Anderson Embraces the LGBTQ Community and Actives Allies for Change

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by Devon Dickau, outgoing co-president of Out@Anderson

At UCLA Anderson, we are out and we are proud.

Last week, Out@Anderson, the student-run organization for LGBTQ students and allies at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, launched an effort to shine a spotlight on the challenges and achievements of our LGBTQ students, staff, faculty and alumni. In unity with the UCLA-wide LGBTQ Awareness Week, Out@Anderson crafted a series of online and on-campus initiatives to celebrate our community and empower active allyship.

To kickstart the week, our Dean, Judy Olian, emailed our alumni, students, staff and faculty announcing a new website celebrating the diverse LGBTQ community at Anderson, pledging commitment to equality. The UCLA Anderson home page, for an entire week, featured a glowing photo of some of our LGBTQ students and called for support from the entire community. For the week, our courtyard – the ‘town square’ of UCLA Anderson – became a rainbow, with columns wrapped in bold colors. No Anderson student could walk through the courtyard this week without noticing the rainbow.

Beyond developing new content for the website, each day of the week we held an “Ally Rally” to educate and convene LGBTQ allies. We launched a new Allies @ Anderson brand identity, which we leveraged for t-shirts, a banner, stickers that we placed on our name tents and our brand new Ally pledge. Over 200 members of our Anderson family signed our pledge, committing to allyship to the LBGTQ community and other underrepresented communities in the workplace and beyond.

Collaborating with undergraduate students, we hosted a program called Questions for Queers, a candid conversation with undergrad and grad student panelists representing every letter in the LGBTQ acronym. Then, in recognition of the National Day of Silence, we launched a twitter campaign #AndersonDOS and a new video, and almost students and staff joined us in the courtyard for a moment of silence.

To end the week, almost 300 Anderson students traveled to Stanford for the annual Challenge for Charity competition. Playing 20 athletic events against students from other top West Coast business schools – including GSB, Berkeley Haas and USC Marshall – UCLA Anderson athletes and fans sported purple “Out@Anderson PROUD ALLY wristbands.” United by our UCLA pride, we were also united by our allyship.

 

The Day of Silence acknowledges how society often silences the voices of members of the LGBTQ community in all corners of our society. This week, UCLA Anderson heard us loud and clear. We made a statement. For the first time at Anderson, the challenges facing the LGBTQ in the workplace and in the world are at the forefront of everyday on-campus dialogue. Awareness Week led a conversation on campus that I have no doubt will continue for a long time.

Meanwhile, the entire UCLA community is abuzz about our efforts – with the hopes to use our success this year as a model for other graduate programs across the university.

Most recently, Poets & Quants published a piece on my story – as both an out gay MBA and as a UCLA Anderson student – an article called “What It’s Like To Be a Gay MBA Student”  that will reach thousands of current and prospective LGBTQ MBAs. My hope is that by demonstrating Anderson’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, by engaging our allies in the fight for equality in the workplace and beyond, and by telling our personal stories, business school becomes the inflection point for creating stronger and more authentic leaders of tomorrow.

My personal goal is for every student to graduate from Anderson with the language, the knowledge and the tools to be an active and engaged ally to all marginalized communities – including the LGBTQ community – as professionals and as citizens. Whether we are LGBTQ students or we are allies, my hope is that one day all of us will be out and proud.

In addition to his leadership with Out@Anderson, Dickau is also on the board of the UCLA Lambda Alumni Network, UCLA’s LGBTQ alumni group, and recently gave a TED Talk on leading with authenticity as an LGBTQ professional as part of UCLA Anderson’s exclusive partnership with TED.

To learn more about Out@Anderson, visit www.outatanderson.org. Click here for more photos from UCLA Anderson LGBTQ Awareness Week.

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