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Eccles student receives prestigious Obama-Chesky Scholarship

Abukar Hassan, a double major in entrepreneurship and finance and a First Ascent Scholar, has been named one of only 100 students to earn the inaugural Obama-Chesky Scholarship for Public Service — also known as the Voyager Scholarship — funded by the Obama Foundation and Brian Chesky, Airbnb co-founder and CEO. He is the only student in Utah to earn this scholarship. Barack and [...]

2022-09-26T16:46:22-06:00September 26th, 2022|

Congratulations to our 2022 Summer Bridge Case Competition winners!

Congratulations to all Eccles Beginnings Summer Bridge students for participating in the annual Eccles Beginnings Case Competition. We are thrilled to announce a two-way tie for first place: The Case Busters and Team Nebula! Each July, we welcome a cohort of incoming first-year students to campus as part of the Eccles Beginnings Summer Bridge program. During their time on campus, students take math [...]

2022-08-17T15:33:15-06:00August 17th, 2022|

What is Juneteenth? Emancipation, celebration, and reflection

Are you wondering why your classes are canceled on Monday, June 20, 2022? Juneteenth, which many people refer to as Freedom Day, is a new federal holiday that celebrates the freedom of those who were enslaved. Juneteenth is a day of emancipation, celebration, and reflection. What is Juneteenth? In the Emancipation Proclamation of 1862, Abraham Lincoln ordered that all slaves were to be [...]

2022-06-10T10:56:32-06:00June 10th, 2022|

Amplifying Marginalized Voices: Steps Toward Allyship

Allyship is a term that sprung up within the last decade, a popular discussion topic within social justice spaces over the last couple of years. The definition of allyship is the act of a person of privilege standing in solidarity with marginalized communities to support ongoing efforts against systems of oppression. Allyship has a large role in creating an equitable environment and community. [...]

2022-05-25T15:52:01-06:00May 25th, 2022|

5 lessons from First Ascent alumna Anfissa Silva Smith

The David Eccles School of Business recently invited alumna Anfissa Silva Smith, CPA and former Senior Audit Manager of KPMG, to speak to First Ascent Scholars as part of their Alumni Dinner. This annual event allows students, faculty, and mentors to connect over dinner and shared experiences. Silva Smith shared her international journey — from Italy to Brazil to Utah — as she [...]

2022-04-14T17:49:50-06:00April 14th, 2022|

Amplifying Marginalized Voices: Why It Matters

Editor’s Note: This is the first installment in the blog series Amplifying Marginalized Voices, which aims to provide space for voices from marginalized backgrounds and inform readers about the importance of equity, diversity, and inclusion in all aspects of our lives. Have you ever felt discredited or wrongfully invalidated within a group? Well, according to a recent study, this behavior is not uncommon. [...]

2022-03-29T14:48:14-06:00March 29th, 2022|

Opportunity Scholars gather for annual leadership retreat

Over Fall Break, Opportunity Scholars at the David Eccles School of Business gathered at the Zion Ponderosa and Ranch Resort for a weekend leadership retreat. During this annual event, students have the opportunity to explore their potential, strengthen their leadership skills, build community, and recharge as they focus on their academic path. Reflecting this year's theme, Looking Back and Moving Forward, Latu Kinikini, [...]

2021-11-15T08:15:44-07:00November 15th, 2021|

Student club spotlight: Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA)

The Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA) was the first national organization focused on the development of Latino professionals and continues to provide men and women with opportunities for internships and jobs at the largest companies around the world. Their mission is “to empower and develop Latino men and women as leaders of character for the nation, in every sector of the [...]

2021-09-27T10:14:27-06:00September 27th, 2021|

Opportunity Scholars reflect on their recent service with the Utah Food Bank

The Opportunity Scholars Program is synonymous with service. Each semester, students come together to serve and support the community. Over the last year, they helped at the St. Vincent Dining Hall, Welfare Square Cannery (300+ hours of service in one day!), and the Utah Food Bank where they packed and distributed food to the local community. Below students reflect on what volunteering with [...]

2021-07-30T14:00:52-06:00July 30th, 2021|

Howard students network with Black business leaders at U alum’s home

On May 14, I along with 15 other students from Howard University, made the journey to Salt Lake City, Utah to start a summer program sponsored by a Howard University and David Eccles School of Business partnership. Every Saturday since then, I have been helping to plan fun events for us to attend. This partnership was designed to give Howard students a unique [...]

2021-06-28T12:21:29-06:00June 28th, 2021|