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LGBT at Columbia

Located in the heart of New York City, Columbia Business School prides itself on being an open and welcoming community for many lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) 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.

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“Because Columbia Business School is in New York I assumed it would have a strong LGBT community. What I found was more than a community, it was a family. I inherited a massive network by joining Cluster Q — people who would stop at nothing to offer me advice and support. I hope to do the same for all future Qs as an alumnus.”
—Matt Kaye ’11

In addition, Columbia Business School has the largest representation of straight allies among all business schools, and the School’s relationship with New York City affords LGBT students powerful networking opportunities and an extensive LGBT community.

Student Initiatives

Cluster Q, Columbia Business School’s LGBT student organization, has grown in membership for four consecutive years. The club provides a strong network for LGBT students within the School, as well as with alumni, recruiters, and students from across Columbia University. Cluster Q organizes a variety of social and career-oriented events throughout the year, helping to foster the LGBT community on campus and develop relationships with recruiters.

Cluster Q maintains relationships with many top firms – from finance to consulting to brand management – who actively recruit members of the Columbia Business School LGBT community.

Affiliations

Columbia Business School encourages students to network with their peers from other business schools. Each year, Cluster Q sends a large cohort of students to Reaching Out MBA, an LGBT-specific MBA career and networking conference.

The Admissions Office also actively participates in CHecK uS Out, a multi-school admissions event for LGBT prospective students organized by Columbia, Harvard, Kellogg, and Stanford that takes place in New York City and San Francisco each fall. CHecK uS out in San Francisco took place on Monday, September 29, 2014; CHecK uS out in New York City took place on Wednesday, October 8, 2014.

Spotlight on: Cluster Q

Columbia Business School’s annual recruiting event for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender MBA applicants, Spotlight on: Cluster Q brings prospective students to campus to meet current LGBT students and alumni.

Co-sponsored by Cluster Q, participants will learn about the experience for LGBT students at Columbia Business School and find out more about the admissions process. Spotlight On: Cluster Q 2014 took place on Saturday, November 8, 2014.

Past Spotlight on: Cluster Q activities have included:

  • An admissions information session
  • Discussions covering career management and student life
  • Social and networking events
  • Informal conversations with current students, alumni, and administrators

For questions about this event please contact the Admissions Office at apply@gsb.columbia.edu or 212-854-1961.

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