We strive to create a supportive and affirming culture that enhances the social, academic and career experience for individuals who identify across sexuality and gender spectrums.

The Tepper School and Carnegie Mellon believe that our campus is a place for all people and all intersections of identities. Students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/or along the sexuality and gender spectrums provide a valuable point of view that contributes to creating a business world that values differences in the workplace. Through our inclusive and affirming culture, students are encouraged to take leadership roles and actively shape the future of business not only for LGBT members, but also for allies and partners who can be advocates.



Out&Allied provides a supportive environment to:

  • enhance the social, academic and career experiences of current and prospective LGBT students, allies and partners at the Tepper School;
  • establish relationships and foster dialogue with employers and alumni who value a diverse workplace;
  • equip future business leaders to be advocates in the workplace; and
  • link the social and professional network of Out&Allied to similar groups from other business schools and the greater community.
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Meet Michael Bernardi

MBA Class of 2018
Co-president, Out&Allied
Member, Business and Technology Club

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Michael's Perspective

"As a Reaching Out MBA (ROMBA) fellow, I leveraged the network to build connections with LGBTQ students at other programs and LGBTQ professionals at gay-friendly firms. My advice for prospective students who identify as LGBTQ is to be as open as possible throughout the application process. Self-identifying on my application was critical in gaining early access to resources that have significantly shaped my b-school experience."


Reaching Out LGBTQ MBA & Business Graduate Conference

Reaching Out is the annual conference of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer graduate business school students – the largest gathering of LGBTQ business students in the world.

Reaching Out MBA Fellows

Each year, two incoming students are awarded the Reaching Out MBA (ROMBA) Fellowship. Fellows serve as ambassadors to the LBGTQ community by taking an active role on campus and at the conference, and work with admissions to identify future fellowship candidates.

More from Michael

"My first year at the Tepper School demonstrated that the school is committed to growing diversity and inclusion as a core value. Students and administration are always working together to incorporate more diversity-related initiatives into the student experience. This year, Tepper School students launched Tepper United, a new student club exclusively focused on diversity initiatives, and the Marketing Club hosted its inaugural Diversity and Digital Marketing Case Competition. I know many more big ideas are in the works for the coming years, and I’m very excited to be a part of it!"


Diversity Weekend

Throughout Diversity Weekend, Tepper School representatives highlight the value of the MBA and the strengths of our program, as well as showcase the differences and advantages of our diverse community, program and global alumni network. We also share tips on the MBA application process as well as financing your MBA.

Webinar: Discover the Difference at Tepper

Watch a previously recorded webinar to hear LGBT students and allies share about their experiences at the Tepper School.


SafeZone is a network of allies across Carnegie Mellon (faculty, staff and students) committed to providing a safe and affirming environment for the LGBT community at the university. By displaying a SafeZone sign in their work or living space, members of the network actively show their support. The network also provides educational opportunities for allies to help support members of the LGBT community.

In the News

Maxim Vanhencxthoven, MBA '16, shares how the Tepper School supported him professionally and personally in “Pride Month Story: Recent Graduate Finds Tepper School Gives ‘Ability and Courage to Impact World.’” 

In a recent club profile, Out&Allied's president discusses the club's goal for enhancing reach with increased allyship and advocacy, engaging the community inside and outside of the Tepper School and assisting members in their professional development through career preparation.

Hear From Current Tepper MBA Students

The best way to get a grasp on the culture of the Tepper School is by hearing what our current students have to say.