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 our corporate sponsors conduct several events that serve to develop the professionals skills of its members. LBSA members are able to interact with representatives from leading companies, like Deloitte, Google, Accenture, and more! These professional events include on-campus informational sessions, office visits, social mixers in San Francisco, and more. 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 allows incoming LBSA members to seek mentorship from senior members. The program was designed to create a supportive learning relationship between a caring individual who shares knowledge, experience and wisdom with another individual who is ready and willing to benefit from this exchange to enrich his/her professional journey.
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.