Columbia Ranked #1 LGBT-Friendly Business School for Second Straight Year

Ally photo booths. Happy hours co-hosted by the LGBT and Veterans clubs. Section competitions to get the most students to sign an LGBT inclusion pledge. These are just a few of the initiatives taken by MBA students at 12 top business schools this year to show their LGBT classmates that they were welcome and supported on campus. Over 4,300 students took part in the 2nd annual MBA Ally Challenge, a year-long competition run by the nonprofit Friendfactor to encourage emerging business leaders to take action to create a more LGBT-inclusive business culture.

The results, announced today, placed Columbia Business School in 1st place, followed by the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern and the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, in 2nd and 3rd place respectively. 

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Ladies’ room, mens’ room, and now: the gender neutral room

CBS is getting a gender-neutral bathroom - possibly the first such amenity at a major business school, not counting ungendered handicap bathrooms.

Construction will start this summer on the first floor of Uris Hall and the bathroom will be open in the fall, CBS spokesman Christopher Cashman said.

Marnie Florin (‘14) announced the creation of the room at a transgender awareness session Florin hosted with Lindsay Pounder (‘15), on April 10th.

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Three Cluster Q Members Honored at Graduation

Congratulations to Class of 2014 Cluster Q graduates Bryan Blaise, Marnie Florin, and Matt Torell, who received the William J. Heffernan Service Award at the 2014 Graduation Ceremony as a result of their work on diversity and inclusion! 

Cluster Q Marches at NYC Pride 2014

Cluster Q members and allies came together this summer to proudly march down 5th Avenue at NYC Pride. In addition, Governor Andrew Cuomo invited Cluster Q representation to join him during the march, in recognition of Columbia Business School’s ranking as the #1 LGBT-Friendly Business School for the second year in a row.