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MEP Supported Clubs: SHPE & NSBE

MEP advises two student clubs: the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). Our advisors work with club members to help foster professional and leadership development. 

Group of students smiling at annual MEP leadership retreat 

Learn More About MEP Clubs: SHPE & NSBE


The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Student Chapter of California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, was established in 1978 as part of a commitment to the recruitment and retainment of Latinx engineering and science students. SHPE Cal Poly is an organization in which student leaders and corporate sponsors volunteer their time and efforts to help students and the community. Learn more by visiting SHPE's website.

SHPE club logo


SBES (Society of Black Engineers and Scientists) was established at Cal Poly in 1978 and shortly after became part of the national organization, the National Society Of Black Engineers (NSBE). Their mission is to increase the number of culturally responsible Black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community. Learn more by visiting NSBE's website.

NSBE club logo

Club Advisement & Leadership Support

Through direct advisement of SHPE and NSBE, MEP is able to provide support and leadership guidance to officers and members of both clubs. Additionally, MEP club advisors meet with club leaders regularly to help them set club-wide goals, foster relationships with industry, support members' academic and professional success, and plan travel to club conferences. 

Leadership Retreat

For the past five years, MEP club advisors take SHPE and NSBE leaders on a teambuilding activity. In an effort to keep morale high within hard-working officers, as well as facilitate a smooth transition for the club’s new leadership, this event provides an opportunity to brainstorm and plan for the rest of the academic year and beyond.

Students and MEP staff on boat for annual leadership retreat 

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