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Minority Male Leadership Association

John Davis, a second year MBA student at the Simon School has been instrumental in launching a new organization, the Minority Male Leadership Association (MMLA).  The mission statement of MMLA explores the characteristics of successful minority male leaders and builds a community of young driven minority men focused on success by providing mentorship and promoting excellence.

MMLA Objectives:

  • Symposium in April 2013 will partner with Teen Health and Success Program to build a mentorship program.  The day is designed to be a dynamic and productive forum – focused on better understanding the obstacles leading up to success in young minority men and providing positive male role models
  • Take action on this critical-issue of minority males achieving success by bring on more awareness to Schott report (black male graduation rates – 9 %, Latinos 11% -> Lowest district in country) More info 
    • Past event: “The Urgency of Now! Discussion of the Schott Report on Black Male Graduation Rates” Friday, 2/15, LeChase Hall, Room 141 sponsored by GSOC, SADE. Discussion Leaders: John Davis (Simon), Douglas Flowe (AS&E), Peter Kungu (Simon), David Paul (URMC)
    • 4th Annual  Diversity Conference, April 12th – “Our Differences, Our Strengths”- Workshop that draws attention to the issues as well as presents models for solutions to engage the community
  • Provide more long-term support to minority males in order to help improve recruitment, retention, graduation and overall success of minority males in Rochester, NY (Enrichment seminars, Community service projects, Annual symposium)

We’re really proud of our MBA students who follow their passions and take initiative to support the community of Rochester.  If you are interested in learning more or donating resources, connect with John and the leadership team of MMLA: minoritymaleleadershiproc@gmail.com

We Welcome our January 2013 entry Students

On behalf of the Simon MBA/MS Admissions Office – Happy New Year!  This week we are excited to welcome incoming full-time MBA, MS and Exchange students to the Simon School for January 2013 entry and orientation.  Here’s an early look at the incoming class:

  • We expect to enroll just over 40 Full-time MBA students and 9 MS or Exchange students.
  • Within this cohort, 19 countries of origin are represented including Azerbaijan, Chile, Dominican Republic, France, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Pakistan, Peoples’ Republic of China, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Syria, the USA, Uzbekistan, and Venezuela.  What a diverse group of incoming students!
  • Students have a wide variety of industry and company backgrounds with prior work experience at a number of top companies including Aon Hewitt, Bank of Nova Scotia, Deloitte Consulting, Ericsson, Hewlett Packard, General Electric, JP Morgan Chase, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Procter & Gamble, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, SMBC, and US Bank.
  • Members of the class have academic backgrounds that are wide-ranging and include such areas as accounting, biology, business, communications, computer science, economics, engineering, law, linguistics, political science, and Spanish.

We extend a warm welcome into the Simon community and best wishes as students begin Business school classes next week!

Rebekah Lewin
Executive Director of Admissions & Administration


Greeting from the Simon Asian Club!

By: Bonnie Liu

Hi everyone, hope everything is going well! It’s been a long time since my last post. The fall quarter of my second year has been super busy, but I really enjoy it because to challenge myself is an important part of my MBA life. Today I am writing this blog not only as a Simon Ambassador, but also as a representative from the Simon Asian Club introducing our club to you.

Diversity is a key feature of the Simon Community since students and faculty from different countries all over the world make up Simon’s unique international environment and close atmosphere. Simon Asian Club is one of the active contributors to Simon’s diversity, especially in promoting and introducing Asian Culture and improving multilateral understanding.

The Simon Asian Club focuses on introducing Asian Culture to all Simon community members and providing a unique cultural experience. The annual Asian Trip is our club’s most important event. During the past several years, we have organized an Asian Trip to countries including Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong, etc. Besides the cultural experience, we also offered corporate visits to top global companies during the trip, which provided fresh business experience and networking opportunities to Simon Students. Some participants even got job opportunities throughout the trip! All the past participants were extremely satisfied with the trip and endorsed our trip as being one of the most precious experiences at Simon, and this is indeed how we realized that our club’s target is to provide more eye-opening experiences to students.

With the holiday season approaching, guess what makes me most excited? Our Asian Trip group this year is going to Tokyo, Japan! I am so looking forward to this trip since we are going to enjoy our Christmas and New Year during the trip. I just cannot help imagining how much fun it will be during our Christmas Eve Karaoke party or the New Year countdown cruise! The 10 day trip includes visits to many landmarks in Tokyo, all kinds of cultural experience and food tasting, as well as corporate visits to 8 top international companies. I am sure that all the participants will have a great experience there!

So it’s time for me to fight through my final exams and pack for my coming trip. May all of you have a great Christmas holiday and a happy New Year! Please stay tuned for a future update after the trip; I’ll see you in the New Year!

P.S. For all the prospective students, please don’t forget to submit your application as early as possible before enjoying your holiday season!

Bonnie Liu (he.liu@simon.rochester.edu)


Spotlight on Diversity

By: Crissi

The Simon Community boasts a diverse student body.  Given today’s global market place, building an international network is crucial to advancing your career.  Simon capitalizes on the international experiences of its student body to build cultural awareness for all students.  This includes educating students on business customs, language skills, and key features of countries throughout the world. One of the most direct ways this occurs is through the club SimonUnited and their event Broaden Your Horizons.

In seeking to build the broader Simon community by celebrating differences, SimonUnited has done a commendable job.  The Broaden Your Horizons program that is held quarterly has become one of the most popular events here at Simon.  They have also supported a variety of events that help foster inclusiveness and community at Simon.  From hosting panels to highlighting differences, all of us at Simon can be immensely grateful to SimonUnited for strengthening our institutional fabric through promoting understanding and tolerance.

Recently, the Office for Faculty Development and Diversity at the University of Rochester recognized SimonUnited as the November 2010 “Spotlight on Diversity”.  This was highlighted in a university-wide publication; you can read all about it in Spotlight Diversity.  Simon is proud not only of its diverse student body, but also of the spirit of cultural curiosity and sharing of one’s heritage that is fostered within the Simon community.