Emerging Leaders of Color
Emerging Leaders of Color (ELOC) is a free 8-month pathway program for underrepresented high school students, introducing them to:
- Business classes, faculty, and career options
- Professional development
- Networking with professionals from the Twin Cities corporate community
- Mentorship from a current Carlson School student
- College preparation activities*
*Participation in ELOC does not guarantee admission to the University of Minnesota
2021-2022 Program Dates
Monthly Saturdays from 9:00am-4:00pm
- September 18, 2021
- October 9, 2021
- November 13, 2021
- December 4, 2021
- January 22, 2022
- February 19, 2022
- March 19, 2022
- April 23, 2022
Students admitted to the program are expected to attend all monthly Saturday sessions.
- High school students who will be a freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior during the upcoming academic year.
- A demonstrated interest to learn about business.
- A 3.0 GPA is preferred but not required (students with a GPA lower than 3.0 should have a demonstrated upward grade trend).
- This program is for self-identified indigenous students and students of color.
How to apply
The ELOC application process is completely online, please contact the program coordinator if you would like alternative accommodations. The online application includes:
- Applicant background and contact information
- An activities journal and up to 4 short essays
- Self-reported GPA
Admission to the program is determined by the strength of the overall applications. Items considered include: leadership activities, community engagement, short essays, GPA, and overall interest in the field of business.
Applications are now closed for the 2021-2022 cohort.
Emerging Leaders of Color Program Growing
Nearly 100 students have taken part in the program to date, growing from 36 students in its first year to 59 this year. At least one student from almost 40 high schools across the state have participated. Nearly 6 in 10 ELOC participants are high school seniors. Through ELOC college preparation, the students have been strong candidates for admission to several U of M colleges, including the Carlson School. This year, 28 seniors were admitted to U of M colleges and schools, including 8 to the Carlson School.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Participation in ELOC does not guarantee admission to the University of Minnesota.
Students are encouraged to use public transportation or personal transportation to get to campus. Transportation reimbursement is considered on a case-by-case basis.
Students are encouraged to reapply for admission every year they are eligible. For example, if a student participates as a sophomore, they are encouraged to apply to participate for their junior year and again for their senior year. Each year, students will have the opportunity to attend college preparation sessions designed specifically for their class standing (i.e. sophomore, junior, or senior).
Become an Emerging Leaders of Color program partner
The success of this program lies in the engagement from local businesses, business owners, and local professionals to provide a small amount of time and experience. Through keynote or workshop, you can open the door to future business careers for these students.
Some examples of past program partners:
Minnesota Business Venture
2019-2020 Cohort Profile
Admitted to U of M-Twin Cities for Fall 2020
Confirmed enrollment at U of M (including 2 to Carlson School)
2020-2021 Cohort Profile
Returners from 2019-20 cohort
Admitted to U of M-Twin Cities for Fall 2021
Download a PDF report to learn more about the ELOC program and its first two cohorts. See a full profile on where students are coming from in the Twin Cities metro, as well as grade, gender, and race/ethnicity breakdowns.