The CETA Student Ambassadors & Leadership Society
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The CETA Student Ambassadors & Leadership Society

CETA’s Leadership Society has been a successful and evolving program since it was initially conceived and developed in the fall of 2013 by Dean Hisham Alnajjar, Samuel I. Ward Electrical and Computer Engineering Co-Chair Ying Yu, and Enrollment Manager Kelly Cofiell through a grant funded by The Women’s Advancement Initiative. At the time, it was referred to as the Women’s Education and Leadership Fund (Welfund). The program was founded as a female-only organization with the intent to become co-ed in the future, which they did in the fall of 2016. The goal was to build a solid base of female members as women are often underrepresented in STEM fields. The CETA Student Ambassadors & Leadership Society represents the entire college, not just one discipline/major, and requires a selection process to become a member.

Ms. Julie Spring, The CETA Director of Collegiate Student Services, joined the team of advisors in fall of 2014 and is behind the steady evolution and success of the society. She hopes the continued success in the program will inspire future generations to choose engineering, technology, and architecture when contemplating their future career options.

The Leadership Society meets with local high schools in order to share their passion for STEM, in the hopes to increase awareness and make the field more accessible. The Leadership Society members participate in recruitment events such as Preview Days (Open Houses), prospective students’ luncheons, and receptions interacting with prospective students and families. In addition, our Leadership Society members serve as CETA’s mentors for all incoming first year
students. Cultivating this relationship ensures a smoother transition to university life.