The Latino Business Student Association was established in 1998 in an effort to promote diversity at the Haas School of Business and the corporate world. LBSA abides by this mission by providing resources to underrepresented students such as academic assistance, exposure to an extensive network, scholarships and more.
The Latino Business Association (LBSA) is the University of California, Berkeley's premier Latino business club. LBSA is dedicated to its members' advancement in the pursuit of their professional development and self-improvement. LBSA was officially established in 1998, when only three Latino students were admitted into UC Berkeley's Walter A. Haas School of Business. These three unique individuals, Ulysses Romero, Eddie Martin, and Jorge Rodriguez, witnessed the low representation of Latinos in both academia and the corporate workforce. They realized the great necessity for an organization that could serve as resources for undergraduate Latino students seeking to achieve academic success and business aspirations. Following this epiphany, an idea rose and LBSA was founded. As a result, the founders and the first generation of LBSA members excelled in their courses and succeeded in incorporating themselves in the corporate World.
Each semester, LBSA and its corporate sponsors conduct several events that serve to develop the professionals skills of its members; these events include: resume building, network, business etiquette, and public speaking workshops. LBSA organizes several social events that allow its members and corporate professionals to interact and form a beneficial relationship with one another. These social events include office visits, social mixers in San Francisco, sport tournaments, tailgate events and more. Sponsorship to National Conventions LBSA's partnership with national and local organizations (i.e. Association of Latino Professional in Finance and Accounting (ALPFA) provides its members an extensive network that opens professional opportunities nationwide. In addition, LBSA sponsors its members to attend national conventions each year that are hosted in different major cities of the Unites States.
LBSA's Mentorship Program assigns each member with a senior LBSA member who mentors him/her throughout the academic year. This gives its members early insight on how to pave their way towards a successful academic and professional career.
This year, LBSA gave out more than $6,000 worth of scholarships on behalf of its corporate sponsors. The scholarships were given to active members based on merit and their involvement in LBSA activities. Through the above programs and events, LBSA has forged a relationship between corporate professionals and students to support one another in order to increase diversity in the global workforce.