Nilsa Salas is a Forensic Chemistry major from Chelsea, MA. When she first stepped onto campus, Nilsa never imagined that she would be the leader that she is today. She joined the United and Mutually Equal organization’s Connections Mentoring Program to integrate into college life. She quickly fell in love with the program and knew that she wanted to be a mentor for her sophomore year. Then Yvonne Bogle, Assistant Dean of Diversity Programs and Services asked her to be a Mentor Coordinator.
Nilsa accepted, knowing that the post entailed a great deal of responsibility, overseeing not just mentees but mentors, planning and executing training workshops, and managing events. It worked out splendidly and paved the way for involvement in other campus activities, including being Treasurer of the 2018 Class Council, an Orientation Group Leader, an Open House Associate, a First Year Seminar Assistant, a Teaching Assistant for the Introduction to Forensic Science course, and a member of the Forensic Science Club. Nilsa is proud to be so involved on campus and enjoys every moment of it. She believes everything she does, as tiring or difficult as it can be, is always worth it if she makes at least one person smile.
Nilsa is not just active on campus, she frequently volunteers in the community as well. The roots of her volunteer experience stem from eighth grade when she was chosen to be the city of Chelsea’s volunteer during the day dedicated to statewide volunteer service through then- Governor Deval Patrick’s Project 351. That day, she realized that she could make a difference in people’s lives, so she decided to commit herself to helping others. She has continued her commitment to community service through the years, participating in the Rays of Hope Walk and WNE Walks and volunteering with the Ronald McDonald House and Friends of the Homeless.
Nilsa used to dance professionally, primarily hip-hop, which she translated into service by mentoring and judging for the Gifted Diva Showcase—a biannual self-esteem exhibition for teen girls held in Rivers Memorial Hall. Dancing taught her to have fun, trust herself, and learn discipline. As a Resident Advisor in Franklin Hall, she is proud of the fact that many of her residents call her "mom." The interactions she has with them are some of the fondest memories that she will have from her time at Western New England University.
Upon graduation, Nilsa hopes to secure a job in a crime lab and to attend graduate school.