Greetings from The National Chair
I am humbled and honored to be your choice to serve the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) as your national chair for 2015–16. I reverence the great responsibility of leading our 31,000 members during such a historic time, a time when African-American organizations must step forward and raise their voices in the wake of targeted, racist acts that have threatened our welfare as young students and professionals of color.
This year will be transformational for NSBE, as we lay the foundation to actualize the words of our mission statement, “to increase the number….” Family, we have embarked on a journey to graduate 10,000 black engineers annually in the United States by the year 2025. This is not just a means of achieving our mission but an action plan to be the No. 1 supplier of exceptional minority technical talent in the country. To meet its growing workforce demand in engineering, the U.S. needs all hands on deck from every community, and NSBE has boldly proclaimed our Society as the solution. We say the future engineers of this country are in the black community and that NSBE will lead the way.
Meeting the primary goal of our 2025 Strategic Plan will require a relentless focus by all of us on our National Directives of measurable Academic and Technical Success this year. We must also affirm this activity as our response to bigotry, as our response to unfairness and racial targeting wherever we may find it. As a Society, we will rise. We will create an empire of black engineering students who will combat the false images of black youth that mainstream America would have everyone believe in, and we will give the media another story to tell.
Yes, we are NSBE, a group of highly educated and motivated students, professionals and servant leaders. We embrace the truth about ourselves. We are not thugs. We are not misanthropes. We are successful and striving black youth. We are reaching back for the young people who are coming behind us, to show them their futures as educated black engineers who can make a difference in our world. Yes, we are the embodiment of the hope of Black America and the United States of America. And we will effect cultural change through our success for years to come.
I charge each and every one of you to join me in this vital work. It’s your involvement — in volunteering as mentors and tutors for students, in participating in community outreach programs to promote STEM careers; in getting out the message to other NSBE members and potential members about what we’re doing, how we are succeeding and committing to our own academic excellence; in countless other ways — that will make the difference in the lives of black youth to come.
Join me in this quest, as surely we will graduate 10,000 black engineers annually by the year 2025.
2015–16 NSBE National Chair