Adam Conderman, MBA ’11 and ODI Recognized for Service, Commitment and Support of Cornell’s LGBT Community

5/17/2011 2:14:00 PM

Adam Conderman, MBA ’11 and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Johnson Recognized for their Service, Commitment and Support of the LGBT Community at Cornell

Adam CondermanOn Saturday, May 14th, 2011, The LGBT Resource Center at Cornell held the Lavender Graduation Awards Ceremony to celebrate the achievements of graduating students and to recognize the contributions of Cornell students, faculty, and staff for their work within and for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community.  Adam Conderman, MBA ’11, was the recipient of the 2011 Rainbow Award for the Graduate/Professional Student, which is given to a Cornell graduate/professional student who has contributed extraordinary service to the LGBT community.  Additionally, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) at Johnson was named the recipient of the 2011 Lavender Graduation University Department Award.  This award is given to the facility, office or department that has been the most supportive of the LGBT community, or that has taken a leadership role in advocacy for LGBT students.  

Over the past two years, as a Johnson MBA student and former president of the Out for Business (O4B) student organization, Adam continually worked to increase not only the number of LGBT students and allies in the Johnson community, but also to build a strong pipeline for LGBT students considering MBA programs within the Cornell undergraduate community and nationally through his work as an organizer with the Reaching Out Conference(ROMBA), a national conference for LGBT MBA students.   As ROMBA’s lead fundraiser in 2010, Adam brought in 10 new companies and helped grow donations from $470,000 to over $600,000. Last year, Johnson moved into the Top 10 schools for attendance at the Reaching Out MBA Conference. 

Adam also worked closely with ODI to provide support for incoming MBA students and prospective applicants to the MBA program at Johnson.  After surveying the 20 top business schools, Adam concluded that Johnson’s LGBT population was below average in comparison with larger, city-based business schools and peer schools in rural areas.  Adam partnered with ODI to leverage these findings and advocate for the Johnson MBA application to include an LGBT checkbox to allow for early self-identification in the fall 2011 MBA admissions cycle.  This opened the doors for current O4B members, Johnson community LGBT allies, and the staff in ODI to provide early outreach to LGBT applicants and increase the level of support and guidance as they considered attending Johnson and moving to Ithaca. 

ODI, O4B, and the Johnson community will continue to provide support and leadership in making Johnson a community that respects, values, and welcomes LGBT students in Johnson and across Cornell.  

In addition to the awards presentation, the Lavender Graduation Ceremony included a recognition walk for LGBT graduating students.   John Mikytuck ’90, provided an alumni keynote address, and Vice-president Susan Murphy AB ’73, PHD ’94 and Dean of Students Kent Hubbell, ’69 were present to help honor the graduates and award recipients.   The Lavender Graduation Ceremony was sponsored by the Cornell University Gay and Lesbian Alumni Association, Haven: The LGBTQ Student Union, Graduate and Professional Student LGBT Collective, and the LGBT Resource Center.