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ersity at Smith LGBTQ+

Members of the community at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business are encouraged to celebrate and appreciate  many forms of diversity and inclusion. The students, faculty, alumni, and staff support club activities and training to help the community further understand the accomplishments and experience of the LGBTQ+ community. Smith partners with the LGBT Equity Center and the Campus Office of Diversity and Inclusion to encourage dialog, scholarship and cultural exchanges. Through varying offices at Smith, programming includes admissions pipeline initiatives, career conferences and connections with alumni and other professional associations.

Key Initiatives include:

  • Moving Maryland Forward Grants
  • Rise Above Week
  • Maryland Dialogues

Programs & Events

  • Hear My Story
  • Alumni Networking Receptions
  • Unconscious Bias Workshops
  • Reaching Out MBA Conference
  • Wine Education (with Smith Association of Women MBAs)

Partnerships, Funding & Conferences

Reaching Out MBA

Reaching Out was founded in 1999 as a Harvard Business School and Yale School of Management student-run conference for gay, lesbian, bisexual & transgender MBAs. Now, 15 years later ROMBA has become a year-round operating organization dedicated to educating, inspiring, and connecting business students to impact change in the classroom and workplace. Partners include over 15 Business Schools in the US, Canada and Europe and corporate partners which include: Bain. BCG, McKinsey, Deloitte, P&G, Bank of America, Target, Goldman Sachs, Delta Air, United Airlines, Liberty Mutual, and Google.

Reaching Out LGBT MBA Fellowship

As a Reaching Out partner school – the Robert H. Smith School of Business is pleased to participate in the Reaching Out Fellows program. The LGBTQ MBA Fellowship recipients each receive a minimum of $10,000 scholarship per academic year or $20,000 total scholarship, and also receive access to exclusive mentorship and leadership development programming through Reaching Out. Applicants to the Full-time MBA program interested in the ROMBA Fellows program may contact Kecia Hansard, Director of Diversity Initiatives for more information (khansard@rhsmith.umd.edu or 301-405-0133).

Reaching Out MBA Conference

The annual Reaching Out Conference provides students, alumni, sponsors and partner schools to learn more from industry experts and allies about equity issues, best practices, inclusion and navigating bias. Smith MBAs have won the annual case completion in 2004 and 2005!  Programming is inclusive of an MBA Career Summit for prospective students.