180 Degrees Consulting is a national organization that serves to advance student consulting experience while benefitting local nonprofit organizations. Prior to this year, 180 DC at CMU existed, but then fizzled out due to a myriad of factors. Fortunately for the CMU community, a new president is spearheading the effort to revive the organization into national standing.
What is 180 Degrees Consulting?
According to their national website, 180 DC is the world’s largest university-based consultancy. It aims to “improve education, reduce homelessness, and alleviate poverty by helping non-profits receive the support and expertise they need to improve and expand their services. At the same time, we develop a generation of future leaders committed to making a difference.”
Who Does it Help?
At Carnegie Mellon, 180 Degrees Consulting will aim to tackle local social issues that the Pittsburgh community faces, including homelessness, food waste, and environmental concerns. Organizations like 412 Food Rescue, Sustainable Pittsburgh, and the Pittsburgh Project will all be in touch with 180 Degrees Consulting in order to help advance their own interests.
Who’s Leading the Charge?
It takes a lot of commitment and determination to attempt to bring something back that already failed among the CMU community. However, sophomore president Nadia Susanto refuses to take no for an answer, and is dedicated to making 180 an integral part of the Tepper community. Nadia draws inspiration from her competitive spirit being a lifelong athlete in badminton (nationally ranked at one point) and golf (go CMU Tartans!), and it’s this same drive that she brings to within the classroom. Using her executive board to help rejuvenate the organization, she expects this first year to be a great one for transition, and the following years to flourish.
How to Become a Part of 180 DC?
As a new organization looking to branch out and increase its membership, 180 DC is looking for student consultants interested in working with nonprofit organizations and dedicated to service. If you’re interested in consulting as a career, or care about social issues and want to be on the front lines helping combat them, reach out to Nadia!