The Black Wharton Undergraduate Association (BWUA) is comprised of highly motivated, intelligent, professional students who express interest in business and business-related issues. Its members attend the various undergraduate schools of the University of Pennsylvania and hail from all regions of the world. These individuals combine their collective efforts and talents towards a common goal: to become an effective voice for undergraduate business interests at Penn.
BWUA seeks to create a greater presence on Penn’s campus by partnering with other student groups and extending services to the greater Penn and West Philadelphia communities. Connecting with these outside communities helps to promote common interests, which, in turn, helps weld together students from a diverse set of backgrounds and experiences and lead to a more cohesive and cooperative student body. The members of BWUA also seek to maintain a strong relationship with the alumni scattered throughout the world. These dedicated individuals provide valuable resources and opportunities for the growth and communication of the BWUA community.
BWUA serves as a system of support for the students within its ranks. Connecting students with prominent corporations, alumni, and faculty, BWUA members are offered a breadth of information not easily duplicated by any other student group. BWUA strives to connect students with needed help in their academic endeavors to ensure that their future opportunities will be as great as possible. BWUA is a family, and is always willing to extend its hand to all those willing to accept it.
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Founded in 1975, BWUA has been one of the University of Pennsylvania’s most successful minority student organizations. Currently, the organization boasts over 140 talented members of the Wharton community with undergraduate constituency from the other undergraduate schools at Penn including the College of Arts and Sciences, the Engineering School, and the Nursing School.
Our mission is to maintain and increase the academic success of African-American students on the undergraduate level; to increase communication between the student body and the University administration; to establish and maintain relationships between students and the external corporate community; and to represent the African-American interest in business or business-related issues for undergraduates at the University of Pennsylvania.
Our goal is to enhance the college experience of our members by providing them with the opportunities to become well-rounded individuals through community service, mentorship, academic development, social events, and professional development activities and programs.
Over the course of the year, BWUA hosts a number of memorable events including:
As the University of Pennsylvania's premier Black business organization, the Black Wharton Undergraduate Association provides opportunities for our talented membership to become further established within the Penn community. In addition to fostering leaders on campus, our organization strives to prepare members for premier corporate opportunities where they can use the practical knowledge they have acquired to make an impact within their organization.
Our current corporate sponsors include industries such as financial services, consulting, marketing, technology, and retail. As a professional development organization, we see these strong partnerships as an integral part of our mission.
We offer sponsors first priority in developing relationships with our members as they seek to reach their recruiting goals. Recruiters have the opportunity to engage and converse with bright students in the career fair and luncheon at our annual Howard E. Mitchell Memorial conference. Sponsors also hold various workshops, networking receptions in the Spring to further the recruiting process.
We value our corporate relationships for the opportunities they provide for our members who can engage with your firm or organization. In a rapidly changing job market, the Black Wharton Undergraduate Association is open to any ideas to enrich these opportunities. If you are interested in sponsorship or require more information please contact our Vice President of Corporate Development, Dawit Gebresellassie, via email at email@example.com