By Cecilia Gutierrez |Staff Writer|
The Latino Business Student Association (LBSA) is a student led organization at CSUSB that works to create future leaders through professionalism and social networking.
The club has been present within CSUSB for nearly 30 years and continues to push the boundaries of student success and achievement.
LBSA is one of 14 chapters across California that collaboratively hosts conferences to establish interactions and job opportunities across the state.
These outings assist students in attaining professional skills while also focusing on students’ personal academic success.
Though “latino” and “business” are present in the organization’s name, the club looks for diversity amongst its members and all cultures and majors are encouraged to join.
If interested in holding a position in the club, the only requirement is a minimum 2.5 cumulative and quarterly grade point average.
LBSA is involved in numerous on campus activities, as well as activities off campus.
Some of the upcoming events include: The Professional Women’s Conference, Coyote Comedy, the Yogurtland Fundraiser, and the CSUSB Color Dash.
The first meeting took place Wednesday, April 15. Vice-President Ivette Pineda (IP) shared her insight on the beneficiary aspects the club has to offer students and the process towards becoming a member.
CG: How does the Latino Business Student Association benefit the students?
IP: It creates a bunch of networking opportunities which then help create a community not only on this campus but all throughout the campuses that are involved with LBSA and the United Latino Students.
It’s the networking and it’s the help with getting ready for the professional world that helps benefits the students the most.
CG: How does the club benefit the school?
IP: …because this is a commuter school, there isn’t a lot of school spirit and there isn’t a lot of people bonding together and creating that community.
In general getting involved helps create that campus community. So I feel like it helps the school by creating that campus community bonding.
CG: What are some of LBSA’s goals?
IP: The main goal of LBSA is to take in students and help them become leaders in their field so that way when they go on and become professionals, they are already on their feet and ready to run.
CG: How can one go about joining?
IP: Just come to any meeting or any board member, show your interest, and we’ll provide you with an application.
That application is just, “this is my name, this is my major, here I am, and [here is] my t-shirt size.” And once that application is in you pay either a twenty dollar quarterly fee or a forty-five dollar annual fee. And we provide you with a shirt and we are working on business cards. Each paid member receives twenty-five business cards.
Additional information on the organization and upcoming events can be obtained by attending a meeting.
Meetings take place in the Jack Brown Hall, Wednesdays, Room 112 at 6 p.m.