Beyond the MBA Classroom: MBgAy Party at Michigan Ross

When you select an MBA program, you are not just choosing your learning environment, but are also committing to becoming part of a community. Each Thursday, we offer a window into life “beyond the MBA classroom” at a top business school.

The student group Out for Business at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business hosted its first school-wide event, called MBgAy, in 2009. The party/fundraiser, which sold out very quickly, was held at a club in Ann Arbor and featured a drag fashion show followed by dancing. Since then, the event has become an annual affair. Profits are split between a selected charity and the club’s scholarship fund for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students. One first-year student we interviewed described the event as a “must see—for everyone.” At the 2016 event, a portion of the proceeds raised supported the Jim Toy Community Center in Ann Arbor, which provides resources to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and allied local residents.

 For in-depth descriptions of social and community activities at Michigan Ross and 15 other top MBA programs, check out the mbaMission Insider’s Guides.

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