I Believe in Pink

I Believe In Pink
Booth staff wear pink for the OUTreach LPF!
Pink drinks. Pink cake pops. Pink everything. Attending Booth’s weekly happy hour, LPF, last week, you couldn’t mistake the fact that something pink was happening. And it was. OUTreach group (LGBTQ students and allies) sponsored the LPF to promote their upcoming PINK party on May 18th. A premier school-wide social event, the PINK party raises awareness about the LGBTQ community at Booth, encourages ally support, and raises funds for the Safe Schools Alliance. To help rally excitement about the event, Booth students will be dressing up in drag and competing for the esteemed title of “Miss or Mister Booth 2013”. And as a judge for this highly competitive event, I’m going to have my work cut out for me this weekend!

But the PINK Party is just one of the many things that OUTreach does during the year. 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:

* Co-Organizing the 2013 Reaching Out MBA Conference. Chicago Booth students have been hard at work planning the next Reaching Out MBA Conference with students from Kellogg and Haas, which is the annual conference of LGBTQ graduate business school students. This year, we anticipate over 1,000 students will attend the conference in New Orleans, LA.

* Ally support at Booth. Over 450 Booth students signed the ally pledge in 2012 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 is 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 17th. You can also email OUTreach members directly at: Outreach-co-chairs@lists.chicagobooth.edu

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 admissions@chicagobooth.edu.