LGBTQ Community at Carlson


Best college for LGBTQ+ students according to "Best Colleges" (2020)

Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life

The University’s Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life supports students by providing enriching programming, training, and resources.

Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans life

The Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life regularly works with departments, student groups and community organizations to offer the most welcoming and affirming environment possible for students, employees, and community members. 

LGBTQ Community at Carlson

Compass at the Carlson School

In addition to those offered by the University, Carlson is home to a number of different resources and staff members focused on diversity and inclusion, LGBTQ community building, and events focused on positive, open conversations.


The first queer-inclusive student group focused on professional development, career exploration, and mentorship.

The mission of Compass is to engage the Carlson LGBTQ+A community to encourage all Carlson students to be their authentic selves both as students and as professionals. Compass does this by providing volunteer, educational, professional development, and networking opportunities. Compass is a student organization within the Full-Time MBA program but is a resource to all of our programs.


Reaching Out MBA (a partnership with the Carlson School) is a year-round operating non-profit organization with over a dozen programs dedicated to educating, inspiring, and connecting the LGBTQ MBA community to impact change in the workplace and create the next generation of our leaders. We offer a fellowship that provides students benefits such as conference attendance, mentorship, and networking with the ROMBA community of professionals. 

Committed Diversity & Inclusion Staff

We have staff on both the Student Affairs and Admissions teams committed to Diversity and Inclusion.

  • Our diversity and inclusion staff support our students by connecting them with resources in the Twin Cities LGBTQ community as well as the tight-knit Carlson community. We also strive to continuously evolve our inclusion practices so that our students are able to thrive in their MBA journey.
  • Carlson also supports and celebrates students with programming like the LGBTQ Community lunches. With a strong LGBTQ alumni community, students also have access to several networking events throughout the year.

LGBTQ Student Clubs and Organizations at Carlson

Scholarships, Academic Awards, and Fellowships

There are several scholarships available to LGBTQ students both regionally and nationally. The University of Minnesota also offers several scholarships through the Office for Equity and Diversity

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