Nu Beta Mu - Bringing Business to Black Students

kristalraheem.pngKristal Raheem is very passionate about promoting social justice and serving her community.

After witnessing her friends and peers drop out of school, she wanted to create an organization that would help students stay at SSU and earn a degree.

A graduating senior majoring in Sociology and minoring in American Multi-Cultural Studies, she decided to establish Nu Beta Mu (NBM) in order to provide students with resources to assist them in the professional world.

During the Fall 2013 semester, she held multiple information meetings to gauge what kind of resources students needed on campus. With the help of her peers and club advisor, Andre Bailey, Raheem was able to start NBM.

Nu Beta Mu was officially chartered during the Fall 2013 semester. It is a non-Greek academic and professional network which aims to serve the Black students at SSU. Even though NBM is culturally based within the Black community, they welcome individuals from all backgrounds, says Raheem.

"The members of NBM strive to achieve academic and professional excellence," says Raheem. "This organization acts as a tool to enhance the level of cultural, intellectual and social involvement among its members. We work to enhance the level of satisfaction among students in regards to their educational experience. The overall goal of NBM is increase the retention and graduation rate of Black students on the campus for which it serves."

First Black Business Forum

On Thursday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m., Nu Beta Mu will be hosting the First Annual Black Business Forum in the Student Center (Ballroom D). The purpose of the Black Business Forum is to connect students with Black business owners, professionals, and SSU alumni in the community.

Students will have the opportunity to hear campus guests speak about their educational and professional journeys. The event will also give students a chance to network and learn more about the importance of education within the Black community.

"Overall we want students to obtain information that will help them after earning their degree. Speakers are encouraged to give students advice in regards to education, finances, and professionalism," Raheem says.

The event features three main speakers and a panel for students to ask questions. Morris Turner is one of the guest speakers. He was the first coordinator of the Intercultural Center at SSU and is now the owner of Problem Solvers Home Repair Services and freelance writer and creator of "The Joy of Fatherhood" column at the San Francisco Bay View .

Stephanie Wynn, owner of Cupcake Patty Sweet Treats catering company, is another guest, as well as Ed Donaldson, the CEO at Maat Community Partners Development.

A networking reception in the HUB follows the main event.

"We welcome the campus and community members to come out and network with us," Raheem says.

As a McNair Scholar, Raheem plans to attend graduate school to earn a master's degree in non-profit management. Ultimately she plans to start a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting underprivileged youth in obtaining a higher education. Her hometown is Oakland, Calif. and she entered SSU during the Fall 2009 semester.

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