At Michigan Ross, we are proud to promote and foster a community among LGBTQ+ students and allies, and provide resources that support your academic pursuits, personal interests, and career plans.

The LGBT rights organization for straight friends Friendfactor’s MBA Ally Challenge, which evaluates business schools based on LGBT oriented events, participation rates, and outcomes, rated Ross one of the most LGBT-friendly business schools in the nation

Not only will you feel welcomed and supported at Ross, but you’ll find that supportive network extends throughout the U-M community, as well as the city of Ann Arbor, which is recognized as one of the nation’s most LGBT-friendly cities, earning a high score in the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index.

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The Ross Office of Diversity and Inclusion is here to help students of many different populations—including but not limited to people of color, veterans, LGBTQ+ individuals, students with disabilities, students with different religions, and women—in every aspect of their education and to continue to build and foster a dynamic, inclusive culture.
 

​LGBTQ+ at ross

An active and visible LGBTQ+ community plays a central role in student life at Michigan Ross. LGBTQ+ students enhance the professional and social network, and raise awareness of LGBTQ+ issues within the Ross community. The LGBTQ+ community collaborates to create an open, welcoming environment, and develops relationships with faculty, staff, alumni, and corporations. Ross works to create a safe and supportive environment for LGBTQ+ students to be out including an abundance of gender inclusive restrooms and a variety of Ross and U-M resources that are available to assist LGBTQ+ students and others in the coming out process.

Learn more about Ross’ resources for LGBTQ+ students

Ross is fortunate to be part of the large and diverse University of Michigan, which is home to several other top-tier programs that form the larger LGBTQ+ community at the university. U-M’s Spectrum Center coordinates LGBTQ+ activities across all schools and colleges, and is a wonderful resource for LGBTQ+ students, faculty, and staff.
 

OUT FOR BUSINESS AT ROSS - LGBTQ+ STUDENT ASSOCIATION

Out for Business at Ross (OFB) is the official LGBTQ+ association for Ross students. With LGBTQ+ members along with engaged allies, OFB is an active part of the school's vibrant community. OFB seeks to integrate the greater Ross community and encourage dialogue about the unique issues that LGBTQ+ people face in the workplace and in society. The group organizes a variety of social and educational events that foster a sense of community and build awareness.

Out for Business at Ross also provides extensive support to members in their career searches, offering resources such as:

  • Mentoring — Second-year MBA students actively support incoming students as they navigate the internship recruitment process, helping with cover letters, resume reviews, and more.
  • On-Campus Recruiting — OFB works with a wide variety of firms to facilitate the recruiting process for LGBTQ+ students at Ross. The group works with companies to set up numerous networking opportunities specifically for LGBTQ+ students.
  • Off-Campus Recruiting — OFB helps students connect with additional firms through mentorship and participation in the annual Reaching Out MBA conference.

Prospective Student Resources

We encourage prospective LGBTQ+ students to self-identify in their applications and with the Office of Admissions. To connect with members of the Ross LGBTQ+ community, please contact us at: prospectivestudentOFB@umich.edu

Additionally, the city of Ann Arbor houses multiple resource centers and promotes diverse and inclusive events that foster safe spaces and social activities for the local LGBTQ+ community, such as the Jim Toy Community Center and PFLAG Ann Arbor. For city, state, and national resources, visit the Community Resources page at the Spectrum Center.