The National Society of Minorities in Hospitality (NSMH) has named NCCU student Shakira Braswell university chapter president of the year.
Braswell, a senior hospitality and tourism major from Louisburg, N.C., was recognized during NSMH’s 28th conference, held Feb. 23 -26, in Jacksonville, Fla. Under Braswell’s leadership, NCCU’s NSMH chapter also brought home the award for “Best Chapter Display” during the conference.
“Shakira clearly stands out as a motivated and professional leader in the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Administration and among her peers. Her recognition is well-deserved, and we are very proud of her," said Barry Shuster, interim chair of NCCU’s Hospitality and Tourism Administration Program.
The organization develops students into leaders in the hospitality industry. It addresses diversity and multiculturalism, as well as the career development of students. Each year, aspiring hospitality and tourism students from around the country participate in workshops, mock interviews, networking events and career fairs during the conference.
Through its many programs, the organization provides college students with company sponsors, industry representatives, other hospitality organizations, advisors and mentors, and hospitality high school students.
"Shakira is an exemplary student leader, this evident in her ability to garner support and respect from her peers. There is no one more deserving of this prestigious award than her,” said Narda Malcolm-Kingston, NSMH advisor and Hospitality and Tourism Administration Program instructor.
She aspires to nurture relationships and partnerships established with the organization and NCCU’s Hospitality and Tourism Program after she graduates. Braswell has an interest in event planning and vertical movement within the Darden Corporation.
“Being a part of NSMH made me a better student,” said Braswell. “Being NSMH president made me a better leader, being a part of the NCCU family made me feel like I had all the tools I need to be all of that all along.”