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Imperial College Business School support future LGBT+ business leaders

Graham Robson July 9, 2019

Imperial College Business School increases its support of the career advancement of LGBT+ professionals by becoming one of only two schools in the UK and five schools in Europe to join Reaching Out MBA (ROMBA).

ROMBA seeks to educate, empower and connect graduate business students from the LGBT+ communities to support the next generation of LGBT+ leaders.

The organisation aids member schools in hosting outreach events on campus to build awareness of LGBT+ issues in the workplace and encourage positive change.

By joining ROMBA, Imperial College Business School will also be able to offer the ROMBA Fellowship, a scholarship worth up to £20,000, to an MBA student who has demonstrated leadership in championing LGBT+ representation within business education.

The ROMBA Fellowship also provides the recipient with exclusive mentorship and leadership development programmes alongside students from more than 50 participating global schools, providing an opportunity for LGBT+ leaders to network, and build their skills and confidence as business leaders.

Imperial’s Fellowship recipient will also be invited to join ROMBA’s annual summer retreat in New York, during which students will get to grips with the business and finance sector, as well as visit the location of the Stonewall riots.

Joel McConnell
Joel McConnell

Joel McConnell, Executive Director of Marketing, Recruitment and Admissions at Imperial College Business School, said: “Achieving diversity within the world of business remains a challenge. Imperial has had a long history of raising awareness of LGBT+ representation within STEM industries, so I’m optimistic that our membership of ROMBA will help us further enhance our diverse business school community and connect MBA students with leading companies which actively recruit LGBT+ professionals.”

Imperial’s ROMBA membership is the latest in a number of initiatives the school has designed to encourage greater diversity amongst the student community. The school’s LGBTQ+ Business Club, founded last autumn by Weekend MBA student Ivan Kovynyov, provides a means for business students to connect with leading companies which aim to hire more inclusively.

Ivan Kovynyov, said: “Whilst business schools have always encouraged students to be authentic and bring their whole selves to the classroom, there has been a lot of discussion about whether students should disclose their LGBT+ identity as part of their application. However, as more companies are now actively recruiting from the LGBT+ community, students are feeling more empowered to be open and champion the issues that matter to them. Imperial’s partnership with ROMBA will further the progress we’re making to create a more diverse and inclusive learning environment.”

Candidates wishing to apply for the ROMBA Fellowship should contact Crystal Grant, Director of Admissions at Imperial College Business School: