Being LGBT at Sloan

When I started to apply to business school, I wasn’t sure what being an LGBT MBA candidate would feel like. I did my undergrad at Pomona College, a liberal arts school in California, and I feared that there was no way any MBA program could be as gay-friendly as my alma mater.

These doubts are what prompted my roommate and me to take a crowded (but very cheap!) Spirit Airlines flight from California to Texas to check out the Reaching Out MBA (ROMBA) conference. I soon found myself bouncing between coffee chats with my target MBA programs. All the top programs were there, and I was happy to see their representatives so engaged in recruiting LGBT MBA candidates.

My last coffee chat was with MIT. Unlike the other programs, which all had just a single admissions officer, MIT had three energetic LGBT MBA candidates. I could tell that they loved MIT. They talked about how welcoming the MIT and Boston communities were. They even connected me with a current student in the engineering dual degree program I was interested in. They also encouraged me to apply for the ROMBA fellowship, which provides MBA scholarships.

One year later, I’m thrilled to be going back to the ROMBA conference as an MIT MBA candidate and ROMBA fellow. Those connections I made last year played a huge role in getting me excited about pursuing an MBA in general and about going to MIT specifically. I’m grateful for these LGBT MBA candidates who’ve come before me, and I’m now paying some of that goodwill forward.

I’ve joined the leadership of the LGBT @ Sloan group and I’m currently working to make our alumni community even stronger. I’m looking forward to helping plan LGBT @ Sloan’s spring social event, which is open to all and is one of the best-attended events of the semester. I’ve only been at MIT for a few months, but I’m already so proud to be at an institution that embraces diversity as much as it embraces technology and innovation.

Andrew Foster

I'm pursuing an MBA and MS in Civil Engineering at MIT. Previously, I worked as an operations manager at a B2B e-commerce company.



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