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Crossroads Emerging Leaders Program: A career-development opportunity for students who are the first in their families to attend college

Focusing on the role of academic institutions in ensuring equity of access to higher education amongst underprivileged students and across diverse communities, the Crossroads Emerging Leaders Program will organize its third annual workshop in 2020.

The program was inaugurated in 2017 as a joint effort between the Harvard Business School Club of the GCC, HBS Professors Tarun Khanna and Karim Lakhani, and The Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute (LMSAI) at Harvard University. It is a prestigious and fully-funded career-development opportunity for students from across the world, who are the first member of their family – or the first generation within their family – to attend university and face challenges of financial and social circumstances. Following a rigorous multi-stage evaluation process, exceptional students are selected from a diverse applicant pool to take part in this unique educational experience. The ultimate aim of the Crossroads Program is to create a diverse pipeline of future graduate students at leading universities, such as Harvard, and future leaders from across an array of social-economic, racial and cultural backgrounds. Considering the stupendous response from students across South Asia, the deadline for application to Crossroads Emerging Leaders Program 2020 has now been extended to September 30, 2019.

In 2018, the student participants travelled to Dubai on a fully-funded trip, where they were introduced to a Harvard classroom environment. They took part in mentor discussions, traveled to Dubai’s landmarks, and considered their future education and career possibilities. Throughout the week, students engaged with one another and faculty through Harvard Business School’s case-study method of teaching and learning. “[The program] helped me understand what it is like to study in the Harvard classroom. Each session helped me broaden my perspective of the world around us,” said one student after the program’s conclusion. For many students, this trip to Dubai was the first time they had left their hometowns – opening their eyes to new cultures, experiences and connections with other youth from across multiple continents. “The diversity in the program made me learn valuable information about other cultures and how they solved different issues, which made the experience very informative at both the personal and career level,” said another participant.

In 2020, the Crossroads Program expands to include more eligible countries and curated online sessions that will culminate in the weeklong Dubai experience held at Dubai International Financial Center’s Academy. Leading Harvard faculty members will teach an extensive and The Imperial Hotel, 1st Floor, Janpath New Delhi – 110001 | mittalsouthasiainstitute.harvard.edu/| 011- 40367900
multi-disciplinary curriculum, that includes a combination of case studies, small discussion groups, discussion on potential career paths, and information on applying to Harvard.

More details about the program can be found at:
First-generation students college students can apply for the program at:

• Location: Dubai International Financial Centre, Dubai
• Application deadline: August 30, 2019 • Cost: FREE (The program will cover the costs of international travel from select locations, board, lodging, and class materials. Visa costs are the responsibility of shortlisted candidates.)
• Questions? Write to hucrossroads@gmail.com


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