MH: How have your leadership experiences been influential in preparing you as a leader in STEM career field? BB: Being an RA is a lot like being a facilities manager; you donâ€™t just take care of the building but also need to take care of the students who use the facility. My leadership experiences have been important in teaching me to push myself. Iâ€™m certainly confident in applying myself and managing others, regardless of differences in gender. Bri and Susi both shared their experiences as student leaders at a majority-male institution have given them much confidence in themselves and in pursuing their career aspirations. Susi explained how confidence in herself and as a leader is critical in preparing her for a career as a project management civil engineer. SV: My leadership experiences have helped me build confidence, discover my strengths, and grow as a better person and mentor. While there are many great takeaways from their reflections, I found it particularly interesting how Susi and Bri noted the value of building confidence as leaders and as women in STEM career fields. Bri and Susi also both reflected on the importance of formal opportunities, programs, and support as well as support through peer mentoring and a welcoming campus climate. For the 2013-2014 academic year, both Susi and Bri will serve as Senior Resident Assistants and will continue to be influential role-models and mentors at WIT. I look forward to continuing to learn and grow as a professional from our talented students.
Susana (Susi) Vasquez Trujillo is a Sophomore Civil Engineering student at Wentworth Institute of Technology. Susi currently serves as a Resident Assistant for the 610 Huntington Avenue Residence Hall and is the Vice President of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Brianna (Bri) Bonfiglio is a Junior Facility Planning and Management student at Wentworth Institute of Technology. Bri currently serves as a Resident Assistant for the 610 Huntington Avenue Residence Hall, is the Treasurer of the Student Association of Facilities Management and the Public Relations Coordinator for the Wentworth Activities Board (WEB). Matt Heiser is the Resident Director for the 610 Huntington Avenue Residence Hall at Wentworth Institute of Technology. Matt is the Membership and Awards Coordinator for the NASPA Region I Student Leadership Programs Knowledge Community.