• The Celebration of Pride

    Contributed By: Abhishek Ghosh Edited By: Arun Nayan Singh Love. That universal feeling that defies definition. We’ve all looked for it in stolen letters in school, late night walks on campus and increasingly, on dating apps. It’s a feeling that starts first within yourself, for how can you share affection with anyone, if you don’t believe you yourself are worthy of it in the first place? The celebration of Pride is to turn something that is shameful into your very source of pride. We at QUEst, are committed to ensuring everyone at IIMB should bring their true selves to the forefront, without fear of judgment. A world of acceptance of…

  • The Art of Inclusion – The Aravani Art Project

    Contributed By: Bhavna Saxena Edited By: J K Varshika They say that art is the most potent form of magic that there is. IIM Bangalore witnessed the truth in these words during Eximius 2018, when Quest, the society of IIM Bangalore students working towards inclusion of all diversity, hosted members from The Aravani Art Project at campus. The Art of Inclusion was a painting workshop held by Quest in collaboration with The Aravani Art Project where participants spent a couple of hours soaking in the inspiring story of the transgender community in Bangalore and painting their heartfelt messages to the transgender community on postcards. The Aravani Art project is an…

  • How We Need to do our Bit to Start the Conversation about LGBTQIA Rights

    Contributed By: Malti Gupta Edited By: Chandrasekhar Muramalla Stereotypes and discrimination towards LGBTQIA is very prevalent in Indian society but we hope that the current generation of the elite can bring a change with their greater social consciousness. It’s important for these future business managers and leaders to engage in such discussions to prevent the biases in recruitment, boardroom decisions, framing policies while creating an inclusive culture at their workplace. Taking this into consideration, IIM Bangalore observed Pride Month this year through its Diversity and Inclusion club – QUEst IIMB – with much gusto and it ended on a great note with an informal discussion on Queer identities on 30th…

  • It’s Time We Listened to the Unheard Voices!

    “When I was in college, my friends were curious to find out what a sex organ of a transgender looks like. They gheraoed me in the bathroom and started pulling out my clothes. After an hour of putting up a resistance, I was raped. Covered in semen, I went to the principal and demanded justice. His reply was ‘If only you had behaved more like a man, this would not have happened.’” “Most people tell me that people are offset by the anomaly that is us. Our behavior irks them. But have you questioned why we are like this? We only want to be loved and accepted. When the society…

  • QUEst IIMB – KASHISH Forward Campus Film Festival

    -Nikita Garg Student Coordinator, QUEst Senior Coordinator, Student Media Cell PGP 2016-18 Embracing diversity is a key requirement for any campus of higher learning. IIM Bangalore, as a community, has been striving to be more inclusive of people from diverse academic backgrounds and of minorities in terms of sex and physical ability. Having created an inclusive campus for persons with disability and moving the needle onto gender diversity (26% in the batch of 2016), IIM Bangalore seeks to lead the way to inclusive campuses, encouraging difficult conversations on LGBTQ and other forms of diversity. QUEst IIMB, a student-led interest group aimed at fostering meaningful conversations around diversity and inclusion issues, along…

  • Sign up to be an Ally for Diversity!

    “Labels are meant for clothes, not humans. Choose to be a better human, choose equality.” Tell us your story of standing up for the minority, or of an incident in which you admire an act of courage of someone from the minority community! To learn more, visit, https://www.facebook.com/questiim/ Diversity, but how much inclusion? QUEst, IIM, is a small initiative, through an interest group, to get people sensitised about minority communities in terms of gender, sexual orientation and physical ability. The snaps are from an Academic Counselling Seminar, held along with the Institute Counsellor, on 29th May, 2017. Check out the short quiz we have in the attached PPT, and assess how…

  • Why Hiring does not equal Inclusion: The Case of Women at the Workplace

    Organizations today boast of “breaking the glass ceiling” by hiring women in their top management. From articles spilled across the front-page of business magazines to interviews on leading channels, we see top CEOs talk about how explicit gender bias has widely disappeared from the workplace due to the implementation of stringent policies. But there is an unspoken truth behind the rosy picture. The hushed talks near the water cooler or the fleeting whispers at the conference room are a testimony to the status quo of women in corporates. The harsh reality is that women continue to struggle when they shouldn’t have to. But whom do we blame for the toxic…

  • Forbidden Love- How progressive are our Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives?

    What’s common between Tim Cook, CEO of Apple; Neil Patrick Harris of How I Met Your Mother fame; Sia Furler, who recorded the feet-tapping crowd-favourite Cheap Thrills; and Peter Thiel, entrepreneur, and investor par excellence? Apart from the fact that many of them might qualify to be superstars of cases we read at B-school?! Well, they are people who had the supportive environment to come out and live life to their full potential- without inhibitions. It’s no surprise that they also have had immense influence in enacting positive change in the U.S. and beyond. We’re sure you fondly remember that childhood crush in school, with whom you always got extra…