Public Policy Special Interest Group

Greetings from the Public Policy SIG! 

As we begin the 2015-2016 NSBE year, the Public Policy Leadership Team would like to thank everyone who has participated in the Public Policy Special Interest Group (SIG) events last year.  Moving forward, the Public Policy SIG will continue to support the NSBE mission and our new strategic goal of graduating 10,000 Black engineers annually by 2025.

Mission/Goals of Policy SIG
The Public Policy Special Interest Group (PolySIG) mission is to study, discuss, educate, and advise on public policy issues affecting Black engineers and scientists in academia, industry, government, and public communities. Our goal is to affect positive change as a Society in STEM-related policies in education, the workforce, and the world.  To achieve this goal, PolySIG will focus on three specific areas in 2015-2016 - 1) STEM Education, 2) Tech & Innovation, and 3) Community Empowerment.

2015-2016 Goals 

  • Educate NSBE about policy and how our members can be of influence
  • Expand our relationships with other organizations with similar policy interests
  • Form active Policy Project Teams
  • Increase visibility and awareness of NSBE's public policy interests

Four project team areas were formed to help Public Policy SIG advance its mission and goals.  Project Team focus areas and goals are listed below: 

1.      STEM Education Project Team
  • Provide a voice for minority STEM professionals to be involved in STEM Education Advocacy
  • Activities will focus on how and why professionals from various stakeholer groups (e.g. government, industry, academia, etc.) are integral to advocacy efforts
  • Improving outcomes for underrepresented students in STEM and closing the achievement and attainment gap.
2.      Federal Agency Engagement Project Team 
  • Provide pathways for participation in federal agencies that provide education-related funding, and who engage in activities related to workforce development and STEM education
  • Identify potential partnerships or funding opportunities that leverage monetary and non-monetary resources from federal agencies and their subsidiaries
  • Facilitate the involvement of NSBE membership in agency-led focus groups and advisory committees/councils.

3.      Policy Research Team 

  • Leads the charge on conducting research related to the national organizations short and long-term goals
  • Collaborate with other project teams and SIG groups to develop policy position papers that represent the collective voice of all relevant groups, and work with NSBE leadership to communicate any policy changes/decisions to the membership
  • Partner with external organizations that can strengthen the research efforts and therefore advocacy efforts of the Public Policy SIG.

Ways to get Involved: 

If you are interested in learning more about the SIG and opportunities to participate in upcoming events and/or assist with this year’s policy efforts, please complete the online form at  For more information regarding other ways to actively participate in the Public Policy SIG, please contact Dr. Arielle Drummond at


Public Policy Special Interest Group Director

Dr. Arielle Drummond - Public Policy Special Interest Group Director

Dr. Drummond is currently an Adjunct Professor at Stevens Institute of Technology in the Chemistry, Chemical Biology and Biomedical Engineering Department. In addition to her work in higher education, Dr. Drummond has worked for medical device companies in which she focused on the development of implantable cardiovascular devices.

Over the past 14 years as a member of NSBE, she has held various leadership positions which included serving on Convention Planning Committees and the Region I Professional Executive Board.  Dr. Drummond has been an active member of the Public Policy SIG, most recently, serving on the planning committee and as a session lead for the 2014 NSBE Public Policy Symposium.

Building on the momentum of her predecessor, Dr. Njema Frazier, the goal of the 2014-2015 Public Policy leadership team will be to expand our relationships with organizations that have similar policy interests as well as organize congressional visits.

For more information regarding the Public Policy SIG, contact Dr. Drummond at