Below, we've put together a few more FAQs specifically for LGBT applicants.
Should I be "out" in my application?
We encourage you to be yourself on your application! You may find that in being "out" on your application, you will more fully represent the real you, and that is what our admissions team is looking for. Of course, being out on your application is a personal choice and you should do whatever makes you most comfortable.
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. 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.
If I am out in my application, do I need to be out to the Haas community?
No. Haas admissions files are not shared outside of the admissions team. 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.
What is the Haas Admission team's stance on diversity?
Diversity is a key strength of the Berkeley MBA program. About a third of the students are from outside the United States, representing more than 40 countries from around the globe. Students from a variety of ethnic backgrounds, religious affiliations, and sexual orientations are an important part of Haas' diversity. The school's Standing Committee on Diversity at Haas ensures that Haas fosters a welcoming environment for students from all backgrounds. The deliberate diversity of the Berkeley MBA program has the critical purpose of mirroring the global makeup of today's business world. Read more at http://mba.berkeley.edu/community/diversity.html
Are there admissions events specifically for LGBT applicants?
Yes! Please sign up for our LGBT Admissions Workshop at http://mba.berkeley.edu/community/diversity_workshops.html
The workshop will take place on Saturday, September 15, 2012.
We hope to meet you at this event.
As a prospective student, how can I learn more about being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender at Haas and at UC Berkeley?
Additionally, there are several websites for the LGBT community at UC Berkeley:
The Gender Equity Resource Center, fondly referred to as GenEq, is a UC Berkeley campus community center committed to fostering an inclusive Cal experience for all. GenEq is the campus location where students, faculty, staff and alumni connect for resources, services, education and leadership programs related to gender and sexuality. GenEq has an extensive resources page at http://geneq.berkeley.edu/information_and_resources
LavenderCal is UC Berkeley's network for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer employees: staff, faculty, librarians, academic researchers and postdoctoral and visiting scholars.
The Queer Caucus a student organization at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall). The Queer Caucus is comprised of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender variant, and queer law students and our friends, families, and allies.