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.
- 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
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.
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
Questions or Accommodations?
Assistant Director of Diversity & Inclusion & ELOC Program Coordinator
2019-2020 Cohort Profile
Students identified as male
Students identified as female
9th & 10th graders
Students identified as Hispanic / Latinx
Students identified as Asian American
Students identified as African American or Black