LGBT students, allies, and staff talk about the importance of diversity at Haas.
Life at Haas
Q@Haas, like Berkeley and the greater Bay Area, is famous for its diverse, inclusive, and affirming spirit. We are one of the campus' most active clubs. We sponsor socials, educational panels, mentoring programs, workshops, recruiting events, alumni mixers, and so much more – for both LGBT students and the entire Haas community.
Those of us who thought business school might be an inhospitable environment for LGBT students have found that is not the case at Haas. Quite the contrary, Haas is an open, inclusive, and affirming community, where the experiences and perspectives of all people are valued. As such, it comes as no surprise that there are significant numbers of open and out students in each of Haas' programs - including the full time, evening/weekend, and PhD programs - just as there is wide LGBT representation among the Haas staff.
There are international and domestic students who are active members in Q@Haas. Same-sex partners and spouses are encouraged to join the Haas Partners Club. Students regularly bring same-sex dates to both official and unofficial campus events. Sexual orientation and gender identity are regularly included in conversations and programs discussing broader issues of diversity and culture. The Admissions and Financial Aid offices have programs specifically designed for and targeted to LGBT students, while the Career Services and Alumni offices actively encourage and support LGBT networking events both on and off campus.
Even though Haas is an inclusive place, there are some students who choose not to come out, for their own personal reasons. Those students still have a home at Q@Haas and can participate in club events targeted specifically for LGBT students. However, students not out prior to starting Haas have found the environment so welcoming that some choose to come out during their time on campus.
Q@Haas actively encourages all students to participate in events, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Banner Photo by Kevin Sartori, MBA 2016