As my roommate is looking for corporate internships in the summer, I absorbed a lot of the information. I became aware of special employment opportunities for LGBTQ students. At first, I was confused why sexual orientation should be a factor. Surely it is inappropriate to mention such private information in a professional environment.
However, I realized it is to the company’s benefit to hire LGBTQ identifying young population. Companies like Morgan Stanley, Citi, etc are known to be traditional Wall Street companies. However, their focus is now more on global markets and it is important that their employees reflect this increase in diversity. LGBTQ clients are going to be naturally drawn to LGBTQ friendly companies.
I have talked to many students who are against special opportunities for minorities. They believe it is unfair for minorities to have more opportunities because they might have had difficult lives. Before taking this class, I admit I thought the same thing. If I have a higher GPA, why am I at an disadvantage for being Asian? Is that not racism?
This was a totally wrong viewpoint. Hiring and accepting minority/LGBTQ students is not to help them out of some sense of pity because they may have had a more difficult life. Simply, they bring diversity and attract clients who will identify with them. I think affirmative action/ special opportunities is more of an economical decision on the part of the company.