2017-2018 Events

September 18: Out in the Workplace

SPA and the Master Consulting Club welcome guest speakers from Accenture to talk about challenging experiences related to coming out and being out in the workplace. We will also explore the impact of Employee Resource Groups and how allies can be supportive of their LGBT+ colleagues.


October 5: Smith Comes Out

An early celebration for National Coming Out Day (Oct. 11), join us in celebrating those who have “come out” as part of the LGBT+ community or as an active ally. Stop by the case rooms to get a SPA sticker and treats during the lunchbreak and come to the Thursday social ready to have some fun!


October 12 – 14: ROMBA Conference

Join us in Boston, MA for the ROMBA Conference for LGBTQ+ students and allies! Find out more about the ROMBA Conference here.


October 25: Hear My Story

Come eat lunch and listen to a MBA/MS student panel share stories of diversity, identity, and triumph over bigotry. After listening to the stories, we will break down into smaller groups where attendees can share personal stories with their tables. If you want to better understand unconscious bias and how to appreciate the differences in others, you can’t miss SPA’s signature event.


February 14: Ask Alumni – Career in Human Capital

SPA and Human Capital Association will bring in or skype an alumnus over lunch to answer questions on their industry and role in human capital.


February 28: Ally Training

Do you want to support marginalized communities but don’t know where to start? SPA and the other Smith affinity groups to host a training on how to be an ally. At the end of this informal workshop, participants will be given an informational pamphlet so they are able to take the ideas in the workshop with them.


April 20: Film Screening of Milk

SPA invites you to join in an afternoon movie screening of “Milk”, the story of Harvey Milk and his struggles as an American gay activist who fought for gay rights and became California’s first openly gay elected official. This film provides viewers with a better understanding of the history of the gay rights movement, and the story is helpful in understanding the realities of the current political climate and the impact on LGBT rights. We are in a post Don’t-ask-don’t-tell and Defense of Marriage Act world, but LGBT employees still face discrimination in the workplace. After the movie, partake in a small discussion on LGBT history and what the biggest current hurdles are for the LGBT community.