This week I traveled with former Assemblyman Anthony Portantino to the University of California at San Diego to welcome the students participating in the Summer Institute for Emerging Managers and Leaders. Th is year marks the fourth year for the program. The program is a rare partnership between students from the traditionally and historically Black Colleges and Universities and Th e Business Schools of the University of California.
This fourth year at the University of California is being hosted by the Rady School of Management at UC San Diego. In previous years the Institute has been hosted by the University of California at Los Angeles Anderson School of Business, UC DAVIS and UC Berkley.
The idea is to provide an opportunity for Black students to experience the training of the University of California that they can take back to their schools and into their lives as they become entrepreneurs, managers and world leaders. Th eir UC experience, hopefully, can also inspire them to apply to the UC Business Schools for their MBA’s and other graduate degrees.
The student directory for this year includes students from Lagos, Nigeria studying at FISK University and students from Tuskegee, Spelman College, Claffin College, Prairie View, Fayetteville State, Hampton University, Bowie State University, Cheyney University, North Carolina Central University, Coppin State University, Howard University, Paul Quinn College, Philander Smith, Sam Houston State University, Th e University of Texas, Norfolk State, Texas Southern, Morehouse and the University of Maryland.
The experience is priceless and fifty students will participate in business experiences presented by The Deloitte Corporation, Jack in Th e Box, Qualcomm and Wells Fargo. These Corporations will present students with experiences in managing and innovation, including innovation with social impact.
For two weeks the students will attend classes and produce a project using the innovation and training they receive from some of the giants of industry. For me, it was good to see and speak to and with Black students from around the world, including a few African students studying in America. It was encouraging to see the excitement they demonstrated as they were there to challenge the task of learning at one of America’s great Universities.
I was there as the person who gave birth to the idea of creating more educational opportunities for Black students which I had written about oft en in Th e Journal. Assemblyman Anthony Portantino was the person who contacted the Corporate and Educational sponsors and, essentially, made it happen.
From idea to practice, utilizing the talents and resources of the state to benefit the communities of the state, this is a program that needs to continue and grow as, at the end of the day, if it benefits Black students, it benefits all of America.
Thanks to Anthony Portantino for his efforts in taking an idea seen in The Journal and making it happen.