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.

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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 has four specific areas of focus:

  1. STEM Education
  2. Tech & Innovation
  3. Community Empowerment
  4. Policy Research


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 this ONLINE FORM. For more information regarding other ways to actively participate in the Public Policy SIG, please contact Ms. Rosalina Bray at policydirector@nsbe.org.


2018 - 2019 Goals

  • Develop and coordinate programming that seeks to educate and advice NSBE SIG members, NSBE members, and the community on public policy issues that are relevant to the NSBE mission.
  • Encourage and train NSBE members to become engaged in advocacy and policy initiatives.
  • Support, advice, and inform NSBE leadership and groups on opportunities and threats related to policy matters.
  • Work to propose new paradigms in STEM Education that benefit our communities.
  • Develop and sustain relationships with key partners/organizations
  • Establish clear supports, programming, and communications for collegiate (undergraduate and graduate) Public Policy SIG members.
  • Increase visibility and awareness of NSBE’s Public Policy Interests.

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


  • Provide a voice for minority STEM professionals to be involved in STEM Education Advocacy
  • Activities will focus on how and why professionals from various stakeholder 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Coordinates a forum for discussion of technology & Innovation topics related to policy.
  • Serves as Subject Matter Experts on Technology & Innovation topics.
  • Provides a wealth of knowledge and solutions on barriers in technology and innovation that lead to gaps.
  • Seeks to close the gap in technology & innovation by communicating the problem and possible solutions.
  • 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 advocate for technology & innovation diversity, inclusion, and opportunities.
  • Leads the charge on keeping NSBE members informed of social justice issues
  • Engages with the community and NSBE Public Policy SIG partners on justice and policy issues related to the NSBE mission.
  • Informs NSBE Policy SIG members of the legal and justice issues related to Education, Science, and Technology.
  • 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 communities, and therefore advocacy efforts of the Public Policy SIG.

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Leadership
  • Director


    Ms. Bray is a national and international leader in Science Policy, Public Health, and STEM Education. In addition to her work in STEM areas, she is an entrepreneur in the leadership training space; and also advices technology companies on resource management and organizational structure.

    Over the past 25 years as a member of NSBE, she has held various leadership positions which included serving on the NSBE Region II Board, President of the NSBE DC Professionals Chapter, and Public Policy SIG Research Director.

    Rosalina Bray
    policydirector@nsbe.org