The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) announced their renewed strategic partnership in a ceremony on Feb. 24 at the National Academy of Sciences’ Great Hall in Washington, D.C. The organizations’ leaders signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) committing to combine their resources and expertise to increase the retention, representation and development of African-American civil engineers in the U.S. workforce.
Under the MOU, NSBE and ASCE will offer reciprocal memberships; co-sponsor frequent professional development, continuing education, mentoring and leadership development programming; and promote and support student and local chapter collaborations. The organizations will also engage in large-scale efforts aimed at promoting awareness and interest in engineering careers, such as an upcoming IM AX film and educational project, DreamBig! (www.dreambigfilm.org).