Pride at Lindner
Pride at Lindner promotes an inclusive and empowering environment for LGBTQ students, faculty, staff, and community allies at the Lindner College of Business. PaL's mission focuses on community, career, awareness and advocacy.
Pride at Lindner was established in 2016 as a joint effort between Lindner undergraduate and graduate students, and its mission focuses on:
- Community: Pride at Lindner seeks to develop positive relationships among faculty, staff, and students to foster an inclusive community, as well as expanding the network of LGBTQ allies throughout the Lindner College of Business. Pride at Lindner also seeks to connect with the broader LGBTQ professional community in the Cincinnati area through networking events, speaking engagements, and conference attendance.
- Career: Pride at Lindner seeks to build and maintain a comprehensive set of career resources for the LGBTQ community and allies. Pride at Lindner also seeks to foster professional connections with local companies and professionals in order to provide a holistic network for students, with a specific focus on inclusion and equity in the workplace.
- Awareness and Advocacy: Pride at Lindner strives to raise awareness of current events in the LGBTQ community and advocate on behalf of students, faculty, and staff.
Q&A with PaL President Andrew Niese
Name: Andrew Niese
Role with PaL: President, 2020-21
Major(s): Business Economics and Business Analytics
Minor: Political Science
Year: Third-Year (BBA '23)
Career Goals: Start a consulting firm for nonprofits, become an antitrust lawyer, or become a judge. I’m very open to whatever happens, though!
What does PaL mean to you?
PaL to me is a space for people to safely develop their personal and professional lives. When I came to UC, I could not find a space to truly discover and become comfortable with my sexuality, especially on a professional level. So I decided to create the space for myself and others in Lindner and at UC. PaL to me is a legacy that no one at UC will feel alone because of their sexuality or gender identity.
Can faculty and staff participate in PaL events?
Faculty and staff can definitely participate in PaL! We actually encourage it because the more systemic support an initiative (especially a new one) has, the more likely it is to succeed. All students are at UC to learn and develop themselves. If faculty and staff can reinforce the idea that PaL helps a student’s development, that means more education and exposure all around. We can also offer student views that would help faculty and staff better connect to those they are trying to impact.
Why is PaL important within Lindner?
I think PaL is important to Lindner and UC because people are not exposed to LGBTQ+ professionalism or education enough. Just recently, my professor for my course on American courts and judicial process surveyed the class about professionalism of judges based on identities. Our class thought that most minority judges’ identities would not impact their decisions or professionality, but that was not the story for LGBTQ+ judges. Out of the class, 58% believed that LGBTQ+ Judges would allow their life experiences to impact their decisions and professionality; straight people might tend to see straightness as a neutral experience while they easily perceive LGBTQ+ people as having “life experience” that would impact them. In fact, everyone is having life experience. We all need to be educated on each other’s experiences to overcome these stigmas. I truly think PaL can start to break down these stigmas.
When looking for a Lindner Professional Experience (co-op or internship) or even a full-time role, is it important to look for employers who support or champion the LGBTQ+ community?
Overall, I think it is very important to find an employer that supports the LGBTQ+ community. Feeling a part of a supportive community can improve productivity and morale at work. With PaL, I hope to support anyone and help connect people to LGBTQ+ supportive companies.