Our Mission

Welcome to Out for Business (OFB) at Ross, the official lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBTQ+) student association at the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business.

Our mission is based off of three pillars:

Community

We seek to build a strong, diverse community of LGBTQ+ and ally students at Ross where all are welcomed, celebrated, and valued.

Career

We aim to provide a comprehensive set of professional development resources to support the career interests of OFB members.

Awareness

We work to raise awareness among Ross faculty, staff, and students of the issues, experiences, and intersectional identities among LGBTQ+ individuals in the workplace and in society.

We work to achieve our mission by providing professional and social networking opportunities for LGBTQ+ students at Ross while also raising awareness of LGBTQ+ workplace issues. We develop and maintain relationships with faculty, staff, alumni, and corporations to help us achieve these goals.

OFB Statement of Solidarity with the AAPI Community

Out For Business (OFB) at Ross stands in solidarity with the Asian American Business Association (AABA) and all of our Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) colleagues both within our Michigan community and across the country. Let us be clear, the events that took place in Atlanta, GA, were violent acts of racism and misogyny and should be called as such.

This week, we learned the heartbreaking news that eight people, six of whom were Asian women, were killed by a white male domestic terrorist outside of Atlanta, GA. We denounce these racist, xenophobic, and misogynistic acts of violence and any attempt to change the narrative and victimize a heartless criminal. This incident and the rise in hate crimes against our AAPI community in the past year is compounded by a long history of anti-Asian policies in the United States that must be stopped.

OFB is united with AABA and respectfully acknowledges that this is not AABA and the Asian American Pacific Islander community’s fight to fight alone. We believe that creating a more racially just world requires collective action against all forms of racism, xenophobia, sexism, homophobia, ableism, and other harms that target marginalized communities. While we may not fully know the experiences of the AAPI community, as an organization that strives to embrace intersectionality, OFB and its members sympathize and stand as allies with AABA and fully support their Call to Action.

We hear you, we see you, and we support you.

We share AABA’s mission of building a more inclusive, equitable, and just world where anyone, regardless of their identities, has an equal voice in our community. We look forward to partnering with AABA in the upcoming year to raise awareness and celebrate the AAPI community at Ross and around the world.

As Out For Business, we will also be donating $250 to Stop AAPI Hate, a platform committed to help track and respond to the surge in racism and xenophobia, and strongly encourage other student organizations who are able to do so. We also encourage fellow students to join our fight against racism and discrimination by to fully read the AABA statement. White supremacy and misogyny make us all less safe, and we all have a responsibility to each other to take action when we see racist actions and rhetoric. We encourage everyone to learn more about bystander intervention and other resources to fight discrimination at the following links provided by AABA:

  • OCA Toolkit - Act to Change “The Racism is a Virus” Toolkit
  • #HATEISAVIRUS - Hate Is A Virus is a nonprofit community of mobilizers and amplifiers that exists to dismantle racism and hate. Their movement started in April 2020 in response to the rise in hate crimes against AAPI due to the pandemic.
  • Petition for Mainstream Media Coverage of AAPI Hate Crimes - This is a petition asking mainstream media (CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, Washington Post, LA Times, NYT, etc.) to step up and give this AAPI hate crimes visibility and coverage.
  • Act To Change - Act To Change is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working to address bullying, including in the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community.
  • Asian American Advancing Justice (AAJC) - AAJC is a non-profit organization focusing on immigration, civil rights, labor rights, and other for Asian Americans.
  • National Council of Asian Pacific Americans - The NCAPA is a coalition of 37 national Asian Pacific American organizations around the country serving to represent the interests of the greater Asian American (AA) and Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander (NHPI) communities to provide a national voice for AA and NHPI issues.
  • Racism Is A Virus - A campaign created to empower Asian Americans and allies to rise up against violence and xenophobia.
  • OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates - A non-profit, membership-driven organization dedicated to advancing the social-political, and economic well-being of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI).
  • Stop AAPI Hate - Report an Anti-AAPI Motivated Crime.

our commitment to diversity

OFB will continue to support, amplify, advocate, and fight for the basic human and civil rights of our Queer and Trans People of Color (QTPOC) community.

Things we have done:

  • Updated the rainbow in our OFB logo to permanently include colors representing our Black, Brown, and Trans communities -- those who fought for the rights and privileges we have today, yet themselves continue to face unjust discrimination and violence.
  • Donated to the Black Visions Collective, a Black-led, Queer and Trans centering organization dedicated to healing and transformative justice principals.
  • Hosted a screening of The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson, followed by a critical discussion of the effects of racial inequality and police brutality on the Black and LGBTQ+ communities.
  • Featured Black Queer and Trans individuals and organizations on our OFB Instagram account for the remainder of Pride month. These figures and institutions have been and continue to be at the forefront of the fight for LGBTQ+ civil rights.
  • Created a video to amplify our members' diverse voices through personal stories and perspectives.

Things we are doing:

  • Ideating follow up conversations around intersectionality, race, queerness, gender, and allyship.
  • Drafting amendments to the OFB Constitution that ensure panels, events, partnerships, and donations are thoughtfully executed with diverse representation.
  • Continuing to reflect and act -- as an organization and as individuals -- on how we can best follow our Black Business Student Association's Call to Action.

Career Development

We provide our members with career development resources such as mentoring and on/off campus recruiting.

Education & Visibility

We host community wide events to support local LGBTQ+ non profits and to highlight the wider LGBTQ+ business community.

Social

In addition to meetings, Out for Business at Ross organizes a variety of events designed to bring together members of the LGBTQ+ community

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