In honor of Engineersâ€™ Week (Feb. 22â€“26), the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) will celebrate by launching a series of activities and online campaigns promoting African Americans in engineering.
During the start of Engineers Week, the NSBE will feature on its homepage (at www.nsbe.org) content about black engineers and the various subgroups in NSBE, including the societyâ€™s Special Interests Groups, collegiate and NSBE Jr. membership, and NSBE Professionals.
The â€œIntroduce a Girl to Engineering Dayâ€ event will feature LaTisha Durham, a computer and systems engineer who has worked extensively with the Naval Air Systems Command. Durham will interact with girls across NSBEâ€™s website and social media to encourage them in engineering and STEM studies and career paths.
Be 1 of 10,000, is another campaign to increase the number of black engineering graduates. Visitors to the campaignâ€™s landing page can take a pledge to help NSBE meet its 10-year goal for U.S. colleges and universities which is to graduate 10,000 black engineers annually, with bachelorâ€™s degrees by 2025.
â€œJust as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a village to raise a generation of black engineers,â€ says NSBEâ€™s national chair, Neville Green. â€œIn order to achieve our collective goals, we must collaborate with partners who are also passionate about the topic,â€ Green says. â€œIt is our hope that this cooperation with our partners to increase the number of black engineering graduates will fill a critical void in the nationâ€™s workforce,â€ Green concludes.
NBSE also strives to raise awareness on how urgent STEM education is for the African American community. STEM jobs are projected to grow by 953,200 between 2012 and 2022, a growth rate that is 30% higher than that of the overall workforce. Yet this demand will be met with a projected shortfall of 1 million STEM workers over the next decade, according to the Presidentâ€™s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (2012).