Berkeley-Haas will inaugurate a new University of California career-building fellowship program this summer for students from historically black colleges and universities. The UC Summer Institute for Emerging Managers and Leaders (SIEML) will bring 25 of these undergraduate students to Haas this summer, with the location rotating to five other UC campuses in subsequent years. Students will receive all-expenses paid fellowships for the intensive program, which they attend for two weeks a year, for two consecutive years.
The news was announced this morning at a press conference in Pasadena, Calif., with Dean Rich Lyons as one of the speakers. “Bottom line: greater diversity of people means greater diversity of thinking and experiences,” said Lyons of the program. “This translates into leaders who are better able to produce the kind of innovation that is creating what’s next,” said Lyons.
Other Haas initiatives aimed at expanding the leadership pipeline have included the school’s rejoining of The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management and the hiring of Eric Abrams as the school’s first diversity director.