Berkeley-Haas to Inaugurate UC Summer Institute for Undergraduates from Historically Black Colleges

Berkeley-Haas will inaugurate a new University of California career-building fellowship program this summer for students from historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), the UC Office of the President announced Tuesday, Jan. 24. 

The UC Summer Institute for Emerging Managers and Leaders, or SIEML, will take place annually at one of six UC business and management schools: UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, UC San Diego’s Rady School of Management, the UC Davis Graduate School of Management, UC Irvine’s Paul Merage School of Business, UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, and UC Riverside’s A. Gary Anderson Graduate School of Management. 

"Bottom line: greater diversity of people means greater diversity of thinking and experiences,” says Haas Dean Rich Lyons. “This translates into leaders who are better able to produce the kind of innovation that is creating what's next. SIEML will bring more of this to California." 

For the inaugural sessions this summer at Berkeley-Haas, 25 participants will be selected from HBCU first-year undergraduate students to receive all-expenses-paid fellowships designed to be career-building experiences. The deadline to apply is March 30, and the first class will begin the institute in mid-May at the Haas School. 

Each group of Summer Institute fellows will participate in intensive programs for two weeks in the summer, for two consecutive years. They will learn from UC graduate business school faculty and CEOs, CFOs, and other industry leaders from some of the country’s most thriving hubs of innovation and enterprise. The Institute hopes to give participants access to internships after they complete the program. 

SIEML was announced at a press conference in Pasadena on Tuesday, Jan. 24. Speakers at the event included Lyons of the Haas School; Robert S. Sullivan, dean of UCSD's Rady School of Management; UC systemwide Provost Lawrence Pitts; California Assemblyman Anthony Portantino; representatives of Wells Fargo and California Wellpoint; Robert Davidson, chair of the Morehouse College Board of Trustees; and Joe Hopkins, an African American newspaper publisher in the San Gabriel Valley. Hopkins has advocated for initiatives providing HBCU undergraduate students business development opportunities that also might attract them to UC business and management graduate schools. 

Wells Fargo and California Wellpoint are sponsors of the Summer Institute. 

Participation in future SIEML programs will be broadened to include other groups who are underrepresented in leadership positions in California and the country. 

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