Members of the Chaplin School's National Society of Minorities in Hospitality (NSMH) traveled to the organization's annual national conference in Washington, D.C. earlier this month. Hospitality and tourism management student members offered reflections on their participation. Chris Dirube NSMH President 2015/2016 I just want to say that national conference this year was amazing! This year, being my senior year, I went looking for an MIT program. With all the connections I had from being so active the previous years, I was given a lot more attention than someone who was a first-time attendee. During the workshops and networking suites, I spoke with as many of the people I could and almost all of them commented on the fact that they were interested in people who were active in their chapters and they mentioned that they liked how I was the chapter president and chair of the Chaplin School's Hospitality Week. Yolanda Suarez Former FIU NSMH president, current NSMH National Board Member This organization has given me the platform to shine, grow, and mature into the young professional I am today. When I found NSMH, I found my home. I urge anyone thinking of joining NSMH to take the leap and do it. I thank everyone who has been a part of my journey or supported me along the way. To top it off NSMH led me to my job after graduation. I will be moving to New Orleans as one of 50 Hilton Management Development Program Trainees in the U.S. at the Hilton Riverside. Saul Darias FIU NSMH Pre-College Outreach Chair With the support I had from Yolanda Suarez, Christopher Suarez, and Michelle Diaz I was able to make this conference a success for [...]
Lee Brian Schrager, founder and executive director, Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE, encourages FIU students to take advantage of the unique opportunity to participate in the nation's largest food and wine event. The Festival has raised more than $22 million for FIU's Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management. Watch Daniela Ruiz share her experience working at the Festival.