As Vice President of Outreach and Recruiting for Cluster Q, Columbia’s LGBT Business Association, it has been such a rewarding year of interacting with prospective students and introducing them to LGBT student life, both on and off campus. Columbia Business School (CBS) prides itself on being an open and welcoming community for many lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students, faculty members, and administrators. The School's population of LGBT students cuts across geography, experience, ethnicity, and gender to create one of the largest and most diverse LGBT groups among the world's top business schools. As a club, we host many events, attend conferences, and socialize (very frequently).
In addition, Columbia Business School has one of the largest representations of straight allies among all business schools. This academic year, CBS has been participating in a pilot program called the “MBA Ally Challenge”, hosted by Friendfactor, a nonprofit organization that helps straight friends become visible, vocal, and active allies in their communities. Friendfactor asked CBS and 5 other business schools to participate in this challenge starting last fall. The challenge just concluded and the winner was CBS!
Cluster Q supports allies as part of the MBA Ally Challenge (2012)