Photo Caption: The Links, Incorporated National President Kimberly Jefferies Leonard receives a NSBE pin from NSBE 2018–19 National Programs Chair Courtney Johnson at the Society’s World Headquarters, with NSBE Executive Director Karl W. Reid. (Sept. 11, 2018)

The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) has extended its formal National Partnership with The Links, Incorporated, with the signing of a new, three-year agreement between the two organizations, to promote and facilitate STEM education and career readiness for underrepresented minority students in kindergarten through college. The Links, with its membership of more than 15,000 professional women in the U.S. and abroad, is one of the nation’s oldest and largest volunteer service organizations committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry.

The new memorandum of understanding (MOU), signed at NSBE World Headquarters by The Links, Incorporated National President Kimberly Jefferies Leonard, Ph.D., and NSBE Executive Director Karl W. Reid, Ed.D., this past Sept. 11, expands and enhances the two groups’ collaboration, which is centered on their LINKS-NSBE Jr. Chapters. More than 40 of the chapters were established across the country from November 2015 through May 2018, for students in grades three through 12, under the organizations’ first MOU. The new 2018–21 MOU aligns closely with The Links’ theme of “Transforming Communities – Fulfilling Our Purpose” as well as with NSBE’s mission and the Society’s movement toward its main strategic goal, which is to lead the U.S. to graduate 10,000 Black Engineers annually, with bachelor’s degrees, by 2025. The LINKS-NSBE Jr. Chapters will develop specific goals in accordance with The LINKS-STEMREADY Program.