What does it mean to be Out in Business? This club makes space for queer business students to find out.

Sabrina Pangione noticed it in her first-year finance course.

“It was a weird feeling,” says the business student, now in her fifth year. “I felt like, ‘Oh, I belong here because I like finance, just like everybody else does, and we all want to work in the same industry.’ But there was something missing.”

Looking around, Pangione wasn’t sure whether anyone else in the room was a member of the queer community. Maximillian Rampulla also noticed it in his business classes. “I didn’t see myself reflected in my peers very often,” he says.

So, in February 2020, Pangione, Rampulla, and two friends and fellow business students at Northeastern teamed up to revive a dormant LGBTQA student organization in the D’Amore-McKim School of Business that could fill that void. The organization, called Out in Business, quickly gained members and now, nearly a year and a half later, counts about 60 students among its ranks.

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