This past Friday, Chicago Booth enjoyed pink drinks, pink-themed appetizers, and donned their finest pink apparel to support Booth’s OUTreach (LGBTQ Students and allies) group. OUTreach hosted last week’s LPF to raise awareness surrounding the LGBTQ community at Booth, and to promote their upcoming annual PINK party. The PINK Party is one of the premier school-wide social events that raises funds for OUTreach and encourages ally support.
Part of my role within Admissions is working on LGBTQ initiatives, and I’m very fortunate to work closely with OUTreach. Coming from a variety of industries and geographies, these students work to build community and awareness surrounding LGBTQ issues, as well as advance social and professional opportunities for its members and allies. Most recently, OUTreach has been hard at work with new initiatives, as well as enhancing existing programming. Some of the highlights include:
* Adopting a new name! This group was formerly known as Gays and Lesbians in Business, but members wanted the name to reflect its values and be inclusive of not only gay men and lesbian women, but also bisexual and transgendered individuals, as well as allies.
* Ally support at Booth. Over 230 Booth students signed the ally pledge and agreed to have a rainbow ribbon posted on their locker. This subtle but powerful show of support is now visible to all students and visitors who see the locker room.
* OUTreach-specific recruiting events. In addition to community-building and support activities, a major programming focus of OUTreach are recruiting events. They host a variety of events each fall with top MBA employers that are specifically targeted for LGBTQ students. These events are an amazing way to network with companies and learn more about their diversity initiatives.
* Prospective student support. OUTreach regularly hosts group and individual lunches for prospective students visiting campus to share their experiences at Booth, as well as individual phone calls and emails to answer questions and discuss life at Booth and in the city of Chicago. Their next group lunch will occur on Friday, May 4. If you are interested in connecting with an OUTreach member, you can email them at: Outreachfirstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in learning more about OUTreach, the group’s website includes information for prospective students, profiles of current students, as well as contact information. Additionally, I am happy to serve as a resource on the admissions side, and you can contact me at email@example.com.