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:
(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.)
(Example: NSBE Takeover at Fall Regional Conference. Outreach activities, targeted at youth, to show how science & engineering can be fun. )
(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.)
(Example: Tutoring at local high schools, SAT Prep, GED Prep; using our technical skills to provide a direct service to the community.)
(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.
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