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T.O.R.C.H - Region 3

Greetings Region III!

I am Zaria Silvia; I grew up in Denton, Texas and am a senior majoring in Aerospace Engineering at Tuskegee University. I am honored to be NSBE Region III Technical OutReach and Community Help (T.O.R.C.H.) Chairperson for 2015-2016.

T.O.R.C.H. is NSBE’s community service initiative. We aim to use our technical backgrounds to positively impact the community and achieve the following objectives:

  • To provide science, engineering, technology and mathematics exposure opportunities within African American communities.

  • To stimulate enthusiasm about science, engineering, technology and mathematics within African American communities.

  • To provide introductory training in the community in the areas of modern technology, computer and technical skills.

  • To promote the value of STEM education at all levels.

  • To increase African American participation in STEM.

T.O.R.C.H. programs are divided into the following branches:

  • STEM Community Training

(Example: Adult class in Microsoft Office or Resume Workshops; Youth class in Bridges Design; Formal classroom style education in STEM fields aimed at both youth and adults.)

  • Informal Science and Engineering Education

(Example: NSBE Takeover at Fall Regional Conference. Outreach activities, targeted at youth,  to show how science & engineering can be fun. )

  • A Walk for Education

(Example: A single day any time of year to have an outreach activity aimed at encouraging youth to be better prepared for higher educational opportunities in STEM fields and in general.)

  • Technical Expertise Services

(Example: Tutoring at local high schools, SAT Prep, GED Prep; using our technical skills to provide a direct service to the community.)

  • Traditional Community Service Activities

(Example: Any other type of community service: food/clothing drives, volunteering at a shelter, etc.)

As T.O.R.C.H. Chair I am here to oversee and manage the chapter’s T.O.R.C.H. Chairs in the region. I will make sure that each chapter is accountable and aware of the five branches of T.O.R.C.H. To make sure that the region is accountable,  I will be in regular contact with each T.O.R.C.H. chair and Programs Chair, so if a chapter does not have a TORCH chair we as a region can still make the five branches a reality. My goal this year to have tutoring and mentoring in our local elementary, middle, and high schools across the region. This year we as a region will have the biggest Walk for Education with each of our chapters.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me!  I am always here and THREE ready to help!

Thank you, Region III.

Zaria Silvia   

2015-2016 Technical OutReach Community Help (T.O.R.C.H.) Chairperson

Region III Executive Board

National Society of Black Engineers


“There’s nothing I believe in more strongly than getting young people interested in science and engineering, for a better tomorrow, for all humankind.” –Bill Nye