Meet manufacturing engineering alum and former BSU President Ermias Hagos

Hagos sits down with fellow alum and BSU President Tehkia Jones to talk about all things WWU

Ermias Hagos graduated from Western in June with a bachelor's degree in Manufacturing Engineering. Born in Eritrea and raised in Seattle, Ermias found his way to WWU in 2019. Like many new students, when he arrived on campus, he wasn't sure what the end result would be from his years of study in Bellingham, but he found a field of study and future career and made the most of his time at Western outside the classroom. Filling the role of Black Student Union president in 2021-2022, being a standout student in his major, and starting his own podcast titled The Black Experience, Hagos has been a mentor and inspiration to other black students at Western. 

In the video below, Ermias was interviewed by WWU alumna and the 2023-2024 Black Student Union President Tehkia Jones, and they chatted about all things WWU: sharing some of their favorite experiences on campus, giving shout-outs to staff and faculty who helped them along the way, and discussing the complicated realities of what it's like being Black students at Western.

Check out The Black Experience on Spotify, YouTube, or Apple Podcasts!