Welcome to the official website of Stanford Graduate School of Business’ LGBT group
GSB Pride is a social and socially active organization for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered students at Stanford GSB. The goals are to provide a community for LGBT students; to serve as a resource for our membership and the Stanford GSB Community as a whole; and to increase awareness of LGBT issues in business.
Co-President – Marco Chan
Co-President – Adam Heffez
Co-President – Katie Martino
Co-President – Kudzi Chikumbu
The Board can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Should I be out in my application?
Being out in your application will not impact your admission chances negatively. We do recommend presenting yourself authentically in your application, and if being LGBT has impacted you in a meaningful and relevant way (e.g., you have had a major LGBT leadership experience), then we encourage you to be open in your application. Your application is confidential and your information will not be shared outside the admissions office without your permission.
Is my partner welcome at school events?
The student community is exceptionally welcoming to partners, and partners are welcome at nearly all social events at the GSB. Partners also have a strong community with other partners.
How many members does Pride have?
The number of members who join Pride varies from year to year, but on average our openly LGBT population is about 5% of a given class, in line with peer school statistics. This means there are currently about 40 openly LGBT students.
Are there LGBT faculty members?
Yes, there are LGBT faculty members at both the GSB and also at Stanford University. Faculty members frequently serve as advisors for events such as the annual Pride retreat.
What is the GSB LGBT community like?
The GSB LGBT community is a well integrated, respectful, and diverse group. We are leaders within the broader GSB and participate in a variety of groups on campus, yet we form a supportive community and gather periodically for social and professional events. We are fortunate to be located within Stanford, which has a very large LGBT community. We are only 40 minutes away from San Francisco, birthplace of the gay rights movement.
Do you have a critical question that is not answered above? Feel free to reach out via the contact form below. (Note: Reaching out will not impact your admissions decision; we are unable to arrange in-person visits. Please contact the admissions office directly with any admissions questions.)
Welcome Back BBQ: We traditionally start the year with a casual event for new and returning students to meet each other.
Pride Retreat: Open to all LGBT students and their SOs, the annual off-campus retreat allows members to get to know each other at a deeper level and shape the club’s culture and agenda. The highlight of the retreat is the sharing of coming out stories facilitated by LGBT faculty members who teach “Touchy Feely”.
ROMBA Conference: We coordinate a group of students to the annual Reaching Out MBA Conference.
During Fall Quarter, we also co-host recruitment events with various firms and mixers with other Stanford LGBT groups.
Student-Alumni Holiday Mixer: One of our most well-attended events of the year, the annual mixer is traditionally hosted by alums in San Francisco.
Ask a Q: An ally event where members of the GSB community can ask questions and learn more about what it means to be LGBT
We host speaker events periodically featuring LGBT leaders on campus. Most recently, we co-hosted a BBL with GSB alum Zoe Dunning, the only openly gay person serving in military before “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal.
C4C Mixer: We host a mixer for LGBT students from the eight west coast MBA programs who visit our campus during C4C weekend.
Masquerade: We invite the entire GSB campus to a night out at LGBT-friendly establishments in San Francisco. This event is co-hosted by the Social Committee.
Throughout the year, the board organizes various informal social events for the community, such as Sunday brunches, drinks, and outings to San Francisco (e.g. for Folsom Street Fair).