Student Spotlight: Ashley McCray


Hi everybody, my name is Ashley McCray. I’m a senior studying chemical engineering here at Pitt and I’m the Region 2 Chair for the National Society of Black Engineers. Also known as NSBE N-S-B-E. So, NSBE is the largest student-run organization in the country with over 31,000 members. Our members include pre-college, college, and technical professionals. So all of this just really embodies the mission of NSBE, which is to increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community. So I’m really involved on campus. Currently, I’m a resident assistant in Pennsylvania Hall, so shout-out to PA Hall. I’m really active on NSBE, as I mentioned before. I sat on the SGB Allocations Committee. I’m currently a community research fellow for the Honors College, which allows me to teach kindergarten once a week at Colfax Elementary in Squirrel Hill. I am previously a Pathfinder, in RSA, American Institute for Chemical Engineers. Vice-president for NOBCChE, the National Organization for Advanced Placement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers. So, needless to say, I’m super involved in on-campus affairs with the University of Pittsburgh. Don’t be afraid to get involved. Don’t be afraid of the word “no.” Really take the time to know yourself as a person. What gets you excited, what makes you passionate inside of you. You can get involved in something so that void is filled with something that completes you. And finally, advice to the entire student body is don’t be afraid of no. There’s so many things that we can accomplish if we really keep moving forward because Pitt’s going to support you as long as you support yourself. So in order to make change in this big institution, we have to move forward and really strive together for that change. So get involved, find your passion, and really have fun. My name is Ashley McCray and I’m a success because of Pitt, and if you get involved at Pitt, you can be a success too. Hail to Pitt.

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