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Southern University MBA Student Association


Southern University MBA Student Association (SUMBASA) is designed to support program events and add value to the overall program. The purpose of this organization is to provide an atmosphere whereby students will be able to engage in social activities that are designed to increase their knowledge about the career development and leadership. SUMBASA encourages career growth through networking opportunities with potential employers and other students with similar career objectives. Members of this organization will gain valuable communication, leadership, and advocacy experience. 

SU MBA Student Association
2019-2020 President
Shayla Reed


Preparation Is Key

We know what makes our students more marketable: solid quantitative training balanced with highly developed soft skills. Our organization recognizes this kind of preparation creates resilient business leaders who can manage change and inspire others.

To best prepare students for their lifelong career journeys, we have built the SUMBASA around the following four pillars, specifically encouraging our students to:



  • Career interest
  • Interpersonal style, values and passions
  • Strengths and development needs
  • Personal brand


  • Skills and professional savvy through career programming, such as SUMBASA Career Fridays
  • Partnerships with career coaches, leadership fellows and faculty
  • Practice routines that include interviewing and networking for success


  • With fellow Jaguars through signature events, such as the Gala On The Bluff, networking events and job search teams
  • With employers through Jobs4Jags, career fairs and speaker series, such as Corporate Partnership and CEO @Southern
  • With our Career Services and Small Business Association


  • By becoming brand advocates for Southern University and SUMBASA
  • Through participation in peer coaching and mentoring (“Jags Helping Jags”)
  • By creating opportunities to introduce their professional network to the SU-CoB