The Wisconsin MBA Program and the greater University of Wisconsin–Madison community actively support inclusion and equality for all people. We create opportunities for students, faculty, alumni, and friends to network and connect with one another in meaningful, mutually beneficial ways. Members of the LGBTQI student community and their allies make a vital contribution to the inclusive community at the Wisconsin School of Business.

Out for Business (O4B), a student organization serving Wisconsin MBA students, builds community among its lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender members and their allies. The club hosts social events for Wisconsin School of Business students, recruits prospective LGBT students, establishes ties with corporate LGBT employee groups, and participates in national conferences. Out for Business also raises awareness among students, faculty, and staff of the issues facing LGBT professionals.

A Reaching Out MBA (ROMBA) Partner

The Wisconsin MBA Program partners with ROMBA to offer students access to a wide range of leadership activities and resources. ROMBA’s singular purpose is to empower LGBT students to become professionals who will lead the way to equality in business education, in the workplace, and throughout society.

Incoming students who are part of/supportive of the LGBTQI community will be considered for merit-based aid through the ROMBA Fellowship. In addition to receiving a scholarship to help offset the program costs, fellowship recipients gain exclusive access to mentorship and leadership development programming offered by Reaching Out.

The annual Reaching Out LGBT MBA and Graduate Conference is an opportunity for Wisconsin MBA students to connect with LGBT students and professionals worldwide and develop their leadership skills. Leading businesses partner with the conference to show support for the LGBT community and recruit top talent.


Madison ranked #5 in Queerest Cities in America

The Advocate, 2015

Additional Resources for LGBTQI Students

  • The LGBT Campus Center provides education, outreach, advocacy, and resources for UW–Madison student communities and their allies to improve campus climate and their daily intersectional experiences. The center hosts a mentor program, offers workshops for the campus community, and operates a Leadership Institute.
  • The OutReach LGBT Community Center serves South Central Wisconsin from its headquarters in Madison. Founded in 1969, the nonprofit agency promotes equality and quality of life for LGBT people through advocacy, peer counseling, special events, and more. OutReach also provides programming for specific populations such as LGBT teens and elders.