LGBTQ+ at Johnson

Group of Johnson student and alumni holding a rainbow Block C flag

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.


LGBTQ+ Welcome 2022-5962-2

LGBTQ+ Welcome

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.

Drag queen grabbing one dollar bills from Johnson students.

Drag Brunch

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

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.

A group of students posing in front of a Johnson banner with rainbow flags.

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.

Read more: Johnson’s LGBT community: Genuine, engaged, valued


Johnson ROMBA Fellows

Elena Veale MBA ’24

Elena Veale

MBA '24
Saurab Prabhakar, MBA ’24

Saurab Prabhakar

MBA '24
Kelly Moses MBA ’23

Kelly Moses

MBA '23
Chris Wu MBA ’23

Chris Yu

MBA '23

LGBTQ+ Resources

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Johnson Diversity Hosting Weekend

Johnson Diversity Hosting Weekend is our premier diversity hosting event scheduled in the fall in Ithaca, NY open to women, underrepresented candidates, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and allies.

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