ELOC

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

2020-2021 Program Dates

Monthly Saturdays from 9:00am-4:00pm

  • September 19, 2020 
  • October 10, 2020 
  • November 14, 2020 
  • December 5, 2020 
  • January 23, 2021 
  • February 20, 2021
  • March 20, 2021 
  • April 24, 2021 

Students admitted to the program are expected to attend all monthly Saturday sessions.

Program Eligibility

  • 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.

 

Application timeline for 2020-2021 cohort

Application Opens

Application Closes

Notifications

March 16, 2020

May 29, 2020

End of June 2020

Two Students from Emerging Leaders of Color Program Enroll at Carlson School

Aisha Mohamed and fellow ELOC participant Nini Dang are the first two alumnae of the program to enroll at the Carlson School. They’ll begin in the Fall 2020 semester, joining 11 other students from the program who enrolled at other colleges on the University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities campus.

ELOC Mentor

The activities we did today had a good balance. The speakers brought attention and new insight to very good information and important issues that are existing currently in our country's business industry. We also had time to work alone and with each other and have some fun.

– 2019-2020 participant

ELOC has given me the opportunity to be a part of something greater than myself. By providing encouragement and support, I have personally seen the power of students who share similar backgrounds to mine talk about their experience in a space dominated by people who look nothing like them. With my involvement in ELOC, I am helping to create a space for the next generation of leaders to succeed.

– 2019-2020 Carlson School Current Student Mentor

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).

ELOC partner

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:

U.S. Bank

Avocadish

Carmichael Lynch

Minnesota Business Venture

Geida Cleveland

Questions or Accommodations?

Geida Cleveland

Assistant Director of Diversity & Inclusion & ELOC Program Coordinator

emergingleaders@umn.edu

612-624-3313

2019-2020 Cohort Profile

42%

Students identified as male

58%

Students identified as female

22%

9th & 10th graders

22%

11th graders

56%

12th graders

11%

Students identified as Hispanic / Latinx

28%

Students identified as Asian American

61%

Students identified as African American or Black