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New fellowship offering for LGBT students

The Reaching Out Fellowship will be awarded to one or more members of the MBA class of 2017

December 17, 2014

MIT Sloan’s LGBT community is active on campus

MIT Sloan’s LGBT community is active on campus

MIT Sloan will offer a Reaching Out LGBT MBA Fellowship, worth at least $10,000 per year, to one or more members of the class of 2017.

“This is the first year that MIT Sloan will award this specific fellowship,” said Jeff Carbone, associate director of admissions. He said the decision to give the fellowship was a simple one, “because we look for diversity in all forms.”

The Reaching Out Fellowship is a joint effort among top business schools and Reaching Out MBA, an organization that works to educate, inspire, and build connections among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender MBA students. It provides programming which includes an annual conference in which MIT Sloan has participated in the past.

Prospective students do not need to do anything extra to apply, but if they self-identify as LGBT on the MIT Sloan MBA application or if they demonstrate a strong allegiance to the LGBT community through the admissions process, they will be considered for the fellowship, according to Carbone.

Recipients of the fellowship will agree to take on a national leadership role in planning a Reaching Out initiative sometime during their tenure in business school. “We want people with strong academics, but we also want people who are active in the [LGBT] community, through work or volunteering,” Carbone said.

Jason Shapiro, MBA ’15, who is the admissions liaison for the MIT Sloan LGBT club, said he’s excited about the fellowship offering.

“I think it will be a great way to show the LGBT community that we are not only accepting, but also want to build presence at MIT Sloan,” Shapiro said.

As the admissions liaison Shapiro is responsible for sharing information with prospective students who want to learn more about the LGBT club, as well as the school itself. Shapiro said MIT Sloan has exceeded his expectations.

“[My class] is a collaborative group who all look out for one another, and the ‘Sloanies helping Sloanies’ mentality will be an important asset to me for the rest of my life,” he said.