The University of New Mexico’s African American Student Services program is welcoming a visiting student from across the country to assist with this year’s Summer BEST Academy.

Bianca Oneal
Bianca Oneal

Bianca Oneal, a sports management major at Voorhees College in Denmark, South Carolina, will work as a student counselor during the six-week sports and academic program. Oneal will engage with participating students and help develop partnerships between UNM and Voorhees.

“This internship will allow me to further my education outside of Voorhees and gain additional experiences to broaden my educational and professional development,” Oneal said in a Voorhees College press release.

UNM’s Summer Black Excellence in Science and Technology (BEST) Academy is a pre-college program designed for students entering the ninth grade this coming fall. Its charge is to educate African American students in STEM skills, engage them in the practical aspects of STEM and inspire them to pursue careers in STEM fields. Students will also participate in cultural and social activities designed to provide a holistic learning experience.

Along with the emphasis on academics, the program also includes an athletics component where students participate in various activities focusing on health and sports within UNM’s Summer Youth Sports Leadership and Learning Academy.

The Summer BEST Program is already underway and will run through July 14.