Program Inspired by Attorney Joe C. Hopkins and Launched by Senator Anthony J. Portantino
San Diego, CA: Over the past 10 days, the 8th annual Summer Institute for Emerging Managers and Leaders (SIEML) brought together 50 students from Historically Black Colleges (HBCUs) and Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) at the University of California San Diego’s Rady School of Business. SIEML is a unique partnership between undergraduates at HBCUs, HSIs and UC MBA programs to introduce African American and Latino students to the University of California Business Schools. The program rotates from each of the UC Campuses every summer to encourage talented future business leaders to develop a relationship with the best MBA programs in California.
SIEML was inspired by the editorials published in the Pasadena Journal by Publisher Joe Hopkins. After reading Mr. Hopkins Book, I Will Not Apologize, Senator Anthony J. Portantino met with Hopkins, local African American Business leaders and the University of California Provost and Business School Deans. At the Pasadena meeting SIEML was born.
“I am very excited that SIEML is going strong and very thankful that each UC Campus will be awarding scholarships to deserving students who graduate from the institute. The partnership envisioned by Mr. Hopkins is working and making a positive difference in the lives of deserving young people. The UC and the State have stepped up to make this a success,” commented Senator Portantino.
SIEML was launched in Pasadena and has been successfully implemented on the UC Berkley, UCLA, UC DAVIS, UC SAN DIEGO, UC RIVERSIDE and UC IRVINE Campuses over the past 8 years. Recently, Senator Portantino was able to secure an appropriation for the program in the State’s budget and to establish a full-time position in the UC Ofﬁ ce of the President to shepherd the program. This year, each Business School has agreed to create a scholarship opportunity for students who graduate from the program.
In San Diego, students from Hampton, Spelman, Lincoln, Prairie View A&M, Claflin University, Florida A&M, University of Texas and Cal State LA were joined by other HBCUs and HSIs to create a diverse group of African American and Latino undergrads. UC San Diego Rady School of Business surprised Senator Portantino Saturday night by announcing they are naming its MBA Scholarship in honor of Portantino.
“I was disappointed to miss this year’s program but very pleased that our little idea published in the Journal caught the attention of Senator Portantino and that it’s helping so many young people of color pursue business careers. I am very happy that UC San Diego named the scholarship in honor of my good friend,” concluded Joe Hopkins, Journal Publisher.