The USC Marshall Gay and Lesbian Association (GALA) provides professional development, social networking, and advocacy opportunities to all Marshall graduate students, faculty, staff, and alumni. The organization serves as a forum to address the unique professional concerns of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender graduate business students.
Although other clubs may leverage their functional or sector knowledge, our members are built on a variety of sectors and functions which allows cross collaboration and support. During the academic year, not only do we sponsor and offer LGBT and ally specific recruiting events, we also help students engage and participate in Reaching Out MBA, the nations largest LGBT MBA recruiting event, network with other LGBT leader and and outside Marshall, and create a strong culture within USC Marshall. In the spirit to build a more inclusive culture at USC Marshall, we encourage all students to put a "rainbow" sticker on their name cards, signifying that they are open/inclusive and willing to have tough conversations if someone is seeking support. Started by MBA students at Harvard University over 3 years ago, we are trying to meet and exceed their challenge by getting over 70% of all MBA students to identify as Allies. Although we know that many allies may choose not to put the sticker on for their own personal reasons, this visibility has allowed us to create a more diverse and inclusive community within the School of Business. Last year we had approximately 74% of students put on the sticker and we hope to exceed our goals this year with the 2015 class.
As firms reach out to hold exclusive networking sessions, we will reach out to our members. Please feel free to visit the leadership page and ask anyone of us for support. If there are general questions about membership, vision and goals, contact the President. If there are questions about events, support and club operations, email the VP of Events.
We look forward to partnering with everyone at USC Marshall to continue our great tradition.