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Where in the World Are the Most LGBT Inclusive MBA Programs?

Posted on: December 17, 2013

Sloan MIT

Sloan business school at MIT is one of the country’s most inclusive MBA campuses.
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Friendfactor has an interesting challenge going on right now: it’s called the MBA Ally Challenge, and it’s a “friendly competition among business schools to build the largest and most impactful ally initiatives they can over the course of the school year.”

Schools that choose to participate are evaluated on three factors: Membership (how many students participate), Activities (number of events with an ally-specific component), and Outcomes (baseline and end of year results on a survey measuring LGBT awareness and the LGBT-friendliness of campus culture).

So far, twelve schools are participating in the challenge across the country, and their current rankings are as follows:

  1. Ross
  2. Kellogg
  3. Sloan
  4. Booth
  5. Columbia
  6. Tepper
  7. Harvard
  8. Anderson
  9. Tuck
  10. Darden
  11. Kenan-Flagler
  12. Fuqua

This is the second year of the MBA Ally Challenge; last year, six top schools participated, activating over 900 students across the nation to ultimately raise awareness of LGBT issues by 19% and improve inclusiveness across campus by 24%. This year, the participating schools have doubled, with twelve top schools participating. So far (just a few months in), over 1,800 students have taken part. Over 100 activities are planned throughout the school year.

We’ll be looking forward to May, when Friendfactor releases the final results of the challenge. Will Ross stay number one, or will other schools manage to activate more members, plan more events, and increase inclusion even more than they have? This challenge is a fun way to promote activism and community across campuses, and will hopefully continue for many years to come.


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