The Johnson LGBTQ+ community is a major asset to the fabric of our student body. ODI celebrates the many unique identities that make up the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer+ communities. We provide ongoing identity-development support for students who are on their journey to finding ways to express their true authentic selves. Our approach to celebrating the LGBTQ+ community allows for everyone, no matter where they are on their coming out journey, to participate. We work closely with Out for Business (O4B) and maintain partnerships with organizations such as the Reaching Out MBA to offer engaging personal development programs, and foster community among our LGBTQ+ students and allies.
Check out the resources available to Johnson LGBTQ+ students in the sections below, as well as Cornell’s HR guide for Diverse Living in Ithaca, to learn about the multicultural community that is Ithaca.
Each August ODI welcomes our new and returning LGBTQ+ community members to the fall semester by hosting a social usually held at a local gay bar.
For LGBTQ+ History Month, Out for Business and ODI collaborate to put on a Drag Brunch where local drag queens and kings show off their various talents to the Johnson and Cornell community.
LGBTQ+ History Month
ODI collaborates with Out 4 Business to host a variety of events to celebrate LGBTQ+ history. We host an annual Drag Brunch, a Fiery Chat, related to LGBTQ+ issues, a LGBTQ+ alumni panel, plus many other educational and social events.
Out for Business (O4B)
Out for Business (O4B), the LGBTQ+ student organization at Johnson, is a highly active student group designed to foster a positive environment, and build a professional network for its members and their allies. O4B promotes a culture of inclusion to impact the Johnson community and the workplaces they enter.
Reaching Out MBA (ROMBA), though its programming and annual conference, aims to educate, inspire, and enable LGBTQ MBAs and the graduate community as they become leaders in their careers and society. ROMBA’s resources—available to all LGBTQ MBAs and their allies—include career preparation and guidance, conferences, and treks to help students find environments that are right for them.
Each year Johnson partners with ROMBA to award up to two Reaching Out MBA Fellowships of, at minimum, $10,000. Fellows serve as ambassadors to the LGBTQ community on campus, help admissions teams identify future fellowship candidates, and take leadership roles for on- and off-campus ROMBA events.
The MBA admissions committee decides who will receive ROMBA Fellowships—no separate application is needed.
ROMBA LGBTQ Fellowship benefits include:
mentorship from ROMBA community and alumni
lifetime Reaching Out membership with access to job boards and networking opportunities
an expenses paid leadership development retreat with your fellowship cohort
All LGBTQ+-identified Johnson students are able to attend the annual ROMBA conference at no cost. The fee that is charged during registration is reimbursed once one checks into the conference.
Ithaca Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Task Force
The Task Force was incorporated to encourage an awareness of issues affecting LGBT people. The Task Force continues to work toward the elimination of prejudice and discrimination, and toward improving relationships and understanding among and between lesbian, gay bisexual, transgender, and heterosexual people.
The Advocacy Center
Provides supportive services to youth and adults in Tompkins County, NY, who have experienced intimate partner violence or sexual violence. Services include: 24 hour hotline, emotional support, help with police or courts, Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program, and emergency shelter.
Southern Tier AIDS Program
Services focus on the health and well-being of HIV+ persons and incorporate a harm reduction perspective and recognize that behavior change is a gradual process.
Out for Health
Provides healthcare information, education and outreach in an LGBT friendly setting. Out for Health is part of Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes – LGBT Health and Wellness Project. Provides local trans resources as well.
The Out Alliance, previously the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley, is a Champion for LGBTQ Life and Culture. We envision a future where all members of the greater Rochester LGBTQ communities, at all stages of their lives, are free to be fully participating citizens, celebrating their lives in which they are safe, stable and fully respected.
Tompkins County LGBT Youth Group
Tompkins County Public Library, in partnership with Planned Parenthood of Greater New York, hosts a weekly, in-person LGBTQIA+ Youth Group on Wednesdays throughout the 2022-2023 school year, from 5:00 to 6:00 pm in the Makerspace, Tompkins County Public Library.
Center for LGBTQ and Gender Studies in Religion (CLGS)
The Center for LGBTQ and Gender Studies in Religion (CLGS) serves to advance the well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and to transform faith communities and the wider society by taking a leading role in shaping a new public discourse on religion, gender and sexuality through education, research, community building and advocacy.
Johnson Diversity Hosting Weekend is our premier diversity hosting event scheduled for October 27 – 28 in Ithaca, NY open to women, underrepresented candidates, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and allies. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the ways in which we support women and underrepresented candidates in business.