Founded in 1975, Black Wharton Undergraduate Association is an undergraduate student club at Wharton with more than 150 active members from all four class years and Penn’s four undergraduate schools.

What is Black Wharton’s mission?

Our mission is to maintain and increase the academic success of Black students on the undergraduate level, increase communication between the student body and the University administration, establish and maintain relationships between students and the external corporate community, and represent Black interests in business or business-related issues for undergraduates at Penn.

Our goal is to enhance the college experience of our members by providing them with the opportunities to become well-rounded individuals through social, community service, mentorship, academic development, and professional activities and programs.

How does the club engage with the university community and beyond?

In the fall of 2017, the Black Wharton Undergraduate Association launched Black Wharton Consulting (BWC), the organization’s management strategy branch that connects our members with local Black-owned businesses that could use their help.

Morgan Stanley Career Trek with first-years and sophomores. (Image: Black Wharton)

We are proud to be entering our eighth consecutive year of extending our impact into the Philadelphia community by continuing to provide our members with opportunities to serve local businesses through BWC. As we’ve built upon and expanded this initiative, we’ve had the opportunity to collaborate with nonprofit organizations, retail stores, and even restaurants whose trust in our services has allowed us to continue our mission of enhancing the undergraduate experience of our members. Without our community partners, we wouldn’t be the organization we are today; we’re extremely grateful to work with the local entrepreneurs who continuously break the glass ceiling and represent what the future holds for Black entrepreneurship in America.

How do members benefit from being a part of Black Wharton?

Warburg Pincus Career Trek with first years and sophomores

Club members benefit from a myriad of opportunities in professional development. On a corporate level, we regularly partner with our sponsors to host information sessions and résumé workshops that build an understanding of the recruiting process and the importance of company culture.

On a personal level, our Black Ivy League Business conference offers the opportunity to network with bright Black undergraduates across the Ivy League, all with a shared passion for success in business.

Finally, on a professional level, we offer the opportunity to create real impact in the Philadelphia area through Black Wharton Consulting (BWC), which also provides technical training through its APEX Consultant Development Fellowship Program.

What advice would current members give to students considering joining Black Wharton?

In the sometimes overwhelming pressure of Penn’s pre-professional culture, Black Wharton provides a safe space of support and guidance to ease your academic, career, and social journey.

Wharton Affinity Skating Event in Fall 2023 (Image: Black Wharton)

Everyone is friendly and inclusive, so don’t be afraid to reach out, attend events, and build lasting bonds that continue to grow beyond college.

— Sara Hoover

Posted: February 14, 2024

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