On Saturday, the Pasadena Journal inspired academic partnership between Historically Black Colleges and Universities and the University of California Business Schools completed its sixth year at UC Irvine. The Summer Institute for Emerging Managers and Leaders (SIEML) is a two-week leadership seminar for undergraduate students from HBCU’s and HIS’s (Hispanic Serving Institutions). It is held every summer at one of the University of California’s six business schools. SIEML was the brainchild of Journal Publisher Joe Hopkins and State Senator Anthony Portantino. Seven years ago, it had its kick-off celebration in Pasadena at the Jackie and Mack Robinson statues across from Pasadena City Hall and commenced at the HAAS School of Business on the University of California Berkeley Campus.
Senator Portantino, who has attended each of the six summer programs, spoke to the students on Friday night and came away inspired and impressed. “I’m always impressed by the energy and talent of the students who attend SIEML. Once again, they travelled from all over the country and had a terriﬁc engaging experience at UCI.”
Each year 50 students are invited to spend two weeks of intense leadership training at one of the six UC business schools. Each cohort of students has the opportunity to attend two different schools over a two-year period. The goal of the program is to create a pipeline of African American and Latino students into the premier UC MBA degree programs. SIEML has progressed from Berkley to UCLA, UC DAVIS, UC San Diego, UC Riverside and now UC Irvine. Hopkins has joined with Portantino at UCLA, Riverside and San Diego campus and shares Portantino’s excitement for the experience. “I was sorry to miss the institute this summer but very happy to hear that Anthony was there on our behalf. It’s always great to see students from some of the smallest HBCU’s have this opportunity and I’m grateful that the Journal inspired this idea and the state, through Anthony’s leadership, continues to support its success and progress,” commented Joe Hopkins.
This year, students came from Morehouse, Paul Quinn College, Claflin University, Tuskegee University, Bowie State University, Dillard University, Fayetteville State, North Carolina Central, Howard, Florida A&M, Cal State LA, LeMoyne-Owen Collge, Cal State Fresno, Philander Smith College, University of Texas at San Antonio, Delaware State University, UTEP and Cheyney University.
Portantino is the Chair of the State Senate Budget Committee on Education. This year, the committee proposed the continued funding of the program. The funding was approved and signed into law by Governor Brown.