mind their own business(es)
While many of their peers were catching up on the sleep they
missed during the school year, 30 black and Hispanic high-school
seniors from as far away as Puerto Rico got a jump on their
future by participating in a four-week introduction to the corporate
world at the Graduate School of Business.
Summer Business Institute (SBI), operated by Leadership Education
and Development in Business (LEAD), and hosted by universities
around the nation, is a partnership between businesses and academic
institutions that encourages minority high-school students to
pursue business careers.
minority undergraduates traditionally gravitate towards fields
such as medicine and law, business schools have a difficult
time maintaining the enrollment diversity they-and the corporate
community-desire. The SBI curriculum introduces minority students
to business careers through an intensive program that includes
faculty lectures on the various business disciplines, presentations
and case studies by corporate executives, and site visits to
the facilities of participating corporations. The program culminates
in students presenting mock business plans for their own enterprises.
the national program began in 1980, 6,000 students have participated
in its workshops, held at 11 top business schools across the
country each summer. Nearly 60 percent of these alumni went
on to attend the top 50 universities and colleges in the country,
with two-thirds of the students majoring in a business-related
field. This summer was the first time the University of Chicago
hosted the event.--C.S.