For Immediate Release
October 19, 2017
Yvette Watson
(703) 549-2207, ext. 209

The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineers (NACME) has chosen the 50K Coalition Leadership Circle as the recipient of NACME’s 2017 Diversity Vision Award. Originally envisioned by the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), the 50K Coalition is a 40-organization collaborative formed by four preeminent engineering diversity membership organizations: NSBE, the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). As the top administrators of this group’s founding organizations, the 50K Coalition Leadership Circle guides the coalition toward its goal of producing 50,000 diverse engineering graduates annually in the U.S. by 2025. The award was presented during the 2017 NACME Awards Gala, at Cipriani 42nd Street, New York, N.Y., on Wednesday, Oct. 18.

NACME is the largest provider of college scholarships for underrepresented minorities pursuing degrees at schools of engineering. The council’s Diversity Vision Award “honors individuals who set personal examples that inspire minority youth to set a high standard for their educational and professional goals and for believing that the American dream is one that should not be encumbered by the boundaries of race or gender.”

“For more than four decades, NACME’s work has been vital for any effort to increase the representation of blacks, Latinos, native peoples and women in engineering in the U.S. So this recognition has added significance for all members of the 50K Coalition,” said NSBE Executive Director Karl W. Reid, Ed.D., a member of the 50K Coalition Leadership Circle. Sarah Echohawk, chief executive officer of AISES; Karen Horting, executive director and chief executive officer of the Society of Women Engineers, and Raquel Tamez, chief executive officer of SHPE, complete the Leadership Circle.

“AISES strives to inspire native youth to pursue and achieve their STEM educational and professional goals,” said Echohawk. “The work of the 50K Coalition is instrumental in ensuring all minority youth have the opportunities necessary to make their dreams a reality. Along with the other 50K Coalition Leadership Circle members, AISES is honored to receive this year’s Diversity Vision Award.”

Says Horting: “To have the collective impact work of the 50K Coalition recognized by an organization in the diversity field as prestigious as NACME is truly an honor. Increasing the number of diverse engineering graduates in the U.S. is vital to our future economic competitiveness, our quality of life and our national security. Receiving this award will give added visibility to our work and hopefully inspire other organizations to get involved with the 50K Coalition.”

Tamez of SHPE spoke about the promise of the coalition’s work.

“The SHPE ‘familia’ is excited by the mission of the 50K Coalition and confident of the impact this collaboration will have on increasing the number of engineering bachelor’s degrees from 30,000 to 50,000 by 2025,” she said. “SHPE is fully committed to this goal by supporting our student chapters and giving them the resources they need, because when students are given access to opportunities and are supported in the pursuit of their dreams, they will succeed. It is what we believe and what we live every day at SHPE, inspiring excellence in students from day one through graduation.”

About the 50K Coalition
The 50K Coalition is a collaborative of more than 40 organizations focused on a bold national goal: to produce 50,000 diverse engineering graduates annually by 2025. The coalition was formed by the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), the nation’s preeminent engineering diversity membership organizations, which collectively serve more than 7​5​,000 pre-collegiate, collegiate and professional members. The expertise and more than 189​ years of collective experience of the coalition’s founding organizations perfectly position them to tackle the coalition’s goal.

About NSBE
With more than 500 chapters and more than 17,000 active members in the U.S. and abroad, the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) is one of the largest student-governed organizations based in the United States. NSBE, founded in 1975, supports and promotes the aspirations of collegiate and pre-collegiate students and technical professionals in engineering and technology. NSBE’s mission is “to increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.” For more information, visit

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