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Who we are

Pride at Lindner (PaL) is the driving force behind an inclusive and empowering environment for LGBTQ+ students, faculty, staff and community allies at the Lindner College of Business and across all of UC.

As a new student organization, PaL is starting nearly from zero with fundraising dollars, but has two ambitious goals for this academic year:

  1. To raise money to establish an endowed PaL scholarship fund.
  2. To implement robust programming to fulfill the organizational mission.

Your support can help PaL achieve both.

About the PaL Scholarship Fund

What started out as a mid-summer check-in between PaL student leaders and faculty advisors was the genesis of an idea to establish an endowed scholarship that would allow the current PaL team to leave a legacy for current and future LGBTQ+ students.

According to a 2019 survey from Student Loan Hero, 60% of survey respondents who identified as LGBTQ reported a lack of support from their families. In addition to not feeling accepted, 28% of respondents have been forced to leave their homes because of their sexuality. This financial chokehold is particularly devastating to LGBTQ college students, who can find themselves cut off both emotionally and financially.

Per Student Loan Hero, on average, LGBTQ borrowers graduate with $16,000 more than their cis/het peers. Studies also show that LGBTQ students face additional obstacles in the process of getting loans, during their studies on campus, and entering into the job market after graduation. The PaL Scholarship Fund seeks to aid these vulnerable students in need. 

Funds for Scholarship and Programming

A woman in a tie dye shirt, a woman in a white shirt and a man in a tie dye shirt stand in front of white poster board.

Members of the PaL student executive board at the start of the fall 2021 semester. From left: member engagement manager Emily Hynes, vice president Anna Johns and president/founder Andrew Niese.

In addition to supporting representation and visbility of LGBTQ+ students and their inclusion at UC, your gift to PaL directly supports the robust programming the student organization hosts.

PaL programming helps queer, questioning and ally folks build community, develop inclusive leadership principles and fosters a safe and welcoming campus environment where all are seen and heard. Types of programs include panels and speakers, professional and career development, and a domestic experiential learning opportunity Chicago. In order to execute all of these programs, PaL needs additional funding for programming.

We want you to be part of our founding community where your contribution has immediate and significant impact today and helps establish a legacy for UC LGBTQ+ folks for generations to come.

Meet the PaL Team

Student Leaders

Pride at Lindner’s students executive board is a group of passionate individuals united by their collective ambition to strengthen and support the LGBTQ+ community at UC and beyond. Meet the student exec team.

Faculty Advisors

  • Nadia Ibrahim-Taney
    • Assistant Director, Lindner Career Services
    • She/her
    • As a career coach for the Lindner College of Business and a member of the LGBTQ+ community, Nadia understands the value of community and connection when in school and into the workplace after graduation. Being part of establishing and developing PaL has been one of the most gratifying experiences in her tenure as a university administrator.
  • Melissa Newman, PhD
    • Associate Professor of Management, Lindner College of Business
    • She/her
    • Professor Melissa Newman became involved with PaL in early 2021 driven by a passion for diversity, equity and inclusion. In advising the organization, she brings her expertise in management and strategic planning, as well as local professional connections.

Lindner College of Business News

Reassessing your business' go-forward plan: Why? Who? How?

August 5, 2022

I last wrote an article for the Goering newsletter in February 2020, before the world came to a crashing halt. The article outlined potential New Year’s resolutions for all business owners and leaders as they led their respective organizations into a new year. After all, if these stewards of their businesses weren’t making time for introspection and “white space” to think strategically with the long view in mind, who was? I focused on the key issues of (1) reviewing and updating business succession/exit strategy planning; and (2) thoughtfully evaluating whether one’s current outside advisors could still advise and provide the necessary resources to take the business to the next level of sustainable growth.

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