Tuesday, April 24, 2007

A Walk For Education

On Saturday April 21 I had the pleasure of spending the day with a group (mostly Engineering Students from the north east) handing out information about college enrollment in the Fort Greene housing project in Brooklyn.

We had the opportunity to talk to a lot of people. We answered questions about getting into college, shared information about scholarships and financial aid and encouraged a some students to keep on pursuing their education. This event also gave me a chance to connect with other engineers interested in positively impacting the community.

This event was sponsored by the National Society of Black Engineers and was part of a larger national effort that occurred in cities all over the country. One thing that I should note is that NSBE is a student run organization (one of the largest) and that much of the work and coordination of this national event was done by students (who are pursuing degrees in engineering and science).

I should also note that NSBE's impact reaches beyond the college campus in other ways. NSBE also has Pre-College Initiative aimed at -- promoting college, academics, technology, and leadership to pre-college students.

Yes, this is a plug for NSBE. Their mission is "to increase the number of culturally responsible Black Engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community". On so many levels this mission is good both for African Americans and for America as a whole. If you are interested in increasing the number of young people going in to the STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) fields or helping to make sure that all students have the opportunity to further their education, please get involved with this or other organizations with similar goals.

-- RMKnightStar

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