“I am elated for the opportunity to serve society and particularly college students in my capacity as a student member of the Executive Advisory Council of the Black Executive Exchange Program with the National Urban League,” said Stephens. “The Urban League has deep and profound traditions. These traditions are compatible with my beliefs and personal agenda to improve society through economic and leadership empowerment, civic engagement and racial justice.”
BEEP, founded 39 years ago by the National Urban League, is a method for African-American role models to help close the gap between classroom experiences and the real world. Through BEEP individuals from the corporate, political, entrepreneurial and non-profit world act as “visiting professors” at over 80 Historically Black Colleges or Universities (HBCUs), and work with over 1,000 companies.
Stephens, a third-year business administration student from Forrest City, Ark., was one of two students chosen from a wide pool of candidates from other HBCUs. Her responsibilities will include providing a student perspective to the EAC, attending the annual BEEP conference and aiding BEEP in its mission to provide guidance to the National Urban League in the development and operation of BEEP by sharing ideas concerning programmatic activities.
“We are very excited to have chosen Ms. Stephens to serve,” said Mark Monteverdi, vice president, Black Executive Exchange Program and Volunteer Initiatives. “She is an incredible role model for students through her school matriculation, her professional endeavors and her community involvement. We look forward to her sage counsel and leadership as we continue to grow and expand this signature program of the National Urban League.”