Hear from two SEAS student leaders about their experience with their student organization. Bezawit Shimeles ‘22 and Stephanie Daley ‘22 are chapter co-president’s of NSBE and share with us some information about their chapter and its’ impact.
Can you tell us about NSBE and what you do at SEAS?
The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) is a student organization dedicated to our mission statement of increasing the number of culturally responsible Black engineers that excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community. Our chapter at GW has prided itself on creating a dynamic environment and exposing our general body to various facets of science and engineering inside and outside of the classroom.
How has NSBE shaped or influenced your student experience at SEAS?
GW NSBE has greatly enhanced our general body’s student experience through community building and expanding connections. Students have a much easier time navigating the waters of campus life both academically and socially when presented with a strong foundation to provide support and guidance.
What is something that you do or participate in that creates a lasting impact for NSBE students?
Our standout participation event each year is the BEYA conference along with the NSBE convention. These two events present students with several development opportunities through networking, seminars, and training workshops that are made available; more importantly, students are also able to meet with recruiters one-on-one for desired internship and career opportunities. Several current and past members were able to obtain internships and post-graduate jobs by attending one or both of these events.
What skills have you honed while participating in NSBE?
NSBE has presented different resources for the professional development of our members through conferences, recruitment events, and resume building workshops. Through mentorship programs and volunteer opportunities, students are able to give back to their community and combine their technical skills with interpersonal ones beyond the classroom to make meaningful change.
Is there anything you would like to share with friends and alumni of SEAS?
NSBE members have shown their commitment to GW and our larger DC community through free tutoring initiatives, volunteer work, and leadership positions within SEAS, like SEASPAN and SEAS Together. Our members aim to be visible and valuable members of the community and would be thrilled to have the opportunity to represent GW at the NSBE national convention.
If you would like to help support NSBE students in attending the NSBE national convention, please donate here. The purpose of this crowdfunding campaign is to help offset the cost of attendance for the students. Each donation makes an impact, and there are many levels of support.