Georgetown’s MBA Program is an inclusive environment welcoming of a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to foster a diversity of thought that enriches the learning environment. McDonough School of Business students, faculty, and administrators are incredibly welcoming of all facets of diversity, including sexual orientation.
The Gay and Lesbian Alliance (GALA) serves the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community and its supporters at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business. The organization incorporates both social and professional initiatives aimed at fostering a supportive environment for professional development, providing a forum for the discussion of business issues related to sexual orientation and facilitating social interaction and networking among students, alumni, and professionals.
GALA offers a variety of events for the McDonough School of Business community. In cooperation with the Capital Area Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, the group offers a speaker series both on campus and in Washington, D.C. GALA also has an active presence during Welcome Weekends for admitted students each spring, as well as Diversity Weekends for prospective students in the fall. In addition, sponsored by the Georgetown LGBT Resource Center, Lavender Graduation celebrates LGBT students graduating from the university at the end of each academic year.
Georgetown students continue to be active in the Reaching Out LGBT MBA Conference. This engagement builds on the inaugural Reaching Out Conference, held in Washington, D.C., that was organized and executed in large part by seven second-year Georgetown MBA students. Approximately 900 students, business leaders, and recruiters participated in the event, which is the premier conference for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students earning their MBAs.