The National Society for Minorities in Hospitality (NSMH) recently named three North Carolina Central University (NCCU) students to the 2022-2023 National Executive Board.
Founded in 1989, the NSMH aims to educate, encourage and empower minority students interested in pursuing hospitality careers. With well over 50 chapters worldwide, the organization is committed to providing resources, tools and information to assist students in their endeavors to succeed in the hospitality industry and work closely with industry partners in developing diverse, inclusive and supportive environments.
Simone Edmundson ’23, was elected as the national chair and will lead the 107 university chapters across the nation. Additionally, she will be responsible for industry alliances and partnerships, NSMH’s annual conference and overall direction of the organization, which includes strategic Planning, annual reports and the Chairs Administrative Division.
"I am very passionate about hospitality and would love to connect students with people in hospitality who can offer them jobs and internships doing what they love," said Edmondson.
Adenicka Blake ’24, has been elected as national planning director. She will be responsible for planning all national events for the organization with the assistance of members of the national board.
“I aim to positively impact the perception of current and new members alike. It is my hope to effectively showcase the benefits of joining a prestigious organization like NSMH. It is also my intention to graciously serve as a dedicated team member of the national board," said Blake.
Chandler Williamson ’22, will serve as national membership director and will lead membership recruitment and retention efforts for the organization.
“It is an honor to be able to serve on the national board. It’s something that doesn’t feel real until it happens. I look forward providing an enriching experience to current chapters, help grow the organization, and be an example for others to believe they can do anything they set their mind to,” explained Williamson.
"We are so proud of Simone, Adenicka and Chandler,” said Narda Malcolm-Kingston, adjunct professor in the NCCU Department of Hospitality and Tourism Administration and NSMH advisor. “Not only have they represented themselves as stellar hospitality scholars, but they have represented North Carolina Central University masterfully on a national stage."
The prestigious appointments come by way of an election process in early 2022, and features hospitality and tourism students around the country who display exemplary leadership, academic achievement, awareness of the NSMH's mission, vision and a commitment to service.