Reaching Out MBA Fellowship

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At Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, diversity and inclusion are not just initiatives or a task force.

They are baked into everything we do. We embrace and continue to build a diverse student body, staff, and faculty because we believe our differences can be a powerful force for good. No matter how you identify (or maybe you don't use any labels), you are welcome here.

Since 2018, Johns Hopkins Carey Business School has been proud to partner with Reaching Out MBA, also referred to as ROMBA, an organization whose purpose is to empower LGBTQ+ students pursuing MBAs to become professionals who will lead the way to equality in business education, in the workplace, and throughout society. The organization offers a fellowship to LGBTQ+ business leaders in the full-time Johns Hopkins MBA, part-time Online Flexible MBA, and the Design Leadership (MA/MBA) dual degree. Fellows will receive access to professional development and networking events during their time at Carey and beyond.

Our Reaching Out MBA Fellowship is meant to:

  • Increase the number of students applying to and enrolling in business schools who are interested in promoting the empowerment and representation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, plus community members that use different language to describe their identity;
  • Empower ROMBA Fellows to become leaders both during their time at Carey and following graduation; and
  • Promote the mission of ROMBA – to increase the influence of the LGBTQ+ community in business by educating, inspiring, and connecting MBA students and alumni.
six ROMBA participants at conference

Carey ROMBA fellow advocates that diversity drives innovation

DEIB is a strategic advantage, and you can count on Carey’s Arastu Sharma to make the best use of that advantage as he continues to innovate in his field and blaze trails for the LGBTQ+ community.

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"Through my education at Carey, I’ve learned that dynamic, diverse, and inclusive environments propel innovation, and I’ve come to understand that fostering such a workplace is not only the right thing to do but it’s also a crucial component of success."

Arastu Sharma, MBA candidate

Diversity, inclusion, equity, and belonging

University resources

Find additional support, education, and advocacy around sexual orientation, gender identity, and the intersections of those identities with other identities on the Johns Hopkins University Gender & Sexuality Resources webpage. Resources include a mentorship program, an ally network across all the Johns Hopkins campuses, counseling, and more.

Learn more about ROMBA

For more information on the Reaching Out MBA Fellowship