The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Alexandria, VA, created the NSBE All In Summit, which was held on November 18, 2020, as a webinar to encourage and support Black engineers through partnerships with corporations. At the summit, several corporate leaders testified about the effectiveness and value of investing in programs to foster interest in engineering in the Black community as a tool to address racial inequality. The NSBE currently has more than 22,000 aspiring and current members but would like to increase its presence to support the Black community’s engagement in the engineering field.
The events of 2020, including the killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd, generated a response from many corporations stating that they support the Black community, but many of the corporations still have yet to figure out strategies to provide meaningful support. In response, the NSBE has offered to partner with corporations so they can join in with the organization’s already established programs that support particularly young community members. One program is NSBE Jr. Chapters, which introduces young students of color to engineering in as early as third grade. Another is the NSBE SEEK Program, which is a summer STEM adventure that targets 7 to 11 year olds across the country.
NSBE has received a pledge of $275,000 in scholarships over a 5-year period from NV5, a provider of compliance, technology, and engineering consulting solutions for public and private-sector clients supporting infrastructure, utility, and building assets and systems with more than 100 offices.