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As the world economy becomes more technologically driven, it is imperative that the black community is an active participant and evolves with the changing economic landscape. NSBE should lead the charge by engaging not only students, but schools, community centers, youth programs, and parents, to ensure that the Black community, especially the youth, can be those active participants.
Although interest and engagement are important, the next hurdle is to get students to apply to and entering engineering fields. Currently, the number of African Americans entering engineering as freshmen is on the decline and we have no indicators regarding the current status of blacks in engineering fields worldwide. In order to truly drive innovation, and ensure mission success, we must drive more Black students into the engineering field.
As our recruitment strategies began to have a significant effect on the number of students entering accredited engineering programs. We will need to support that new influx of future engineers with direct resources.
NSBE is a diverse organization that provides a wide network of Black engineers. As we strive to be exemplars of our fields, the NSBE network will provide support that will help to overcome the challenges of being a minority while providing access to tools for career advancement.
While excellence within engineering is of primary importance, such excellence must translate into the applications of our skills, knowledge, and abilities for community service and development. We must apply our technical skills for community development while utilizing our position as an organization to affect policy that stands in the way of mission success.