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NSBE Mission

by ttruong2 last modified 2008-04-07 12:42 UTC

The NSBE Mission

NSBE's mission is "to increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community."

NSBE's Objectives

The National Society of Black Engineers strive to accomplish the following objectives for our organization:

  • Stimulate and develop student interest in the various engineering disciplines.
  • Strive to increase the number of minority students studying engineering at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • Encourage members to seek advanced degrees in engineering or related fields and to obtain professional engineering registrations.
  • Promote public awareness of engineering and the opportunities for Blacks and other minorities in that profession.
  • Function as a representative body on issues and developments that affect the careers of Black Engineers.

New and innovative project ideas are generated and implemented throughout the year on the chapter, regional and national levels. Some of NSBE's present activities include tutorial programs, group study sessions, high school/junior high outreach programs, technical seminars and workshops, a national communications network (NSBENET), two national magazines (NSBE Magazine and the NSBE Bridge), an internal newsletter, a professional newsletter (The Career Engineer, a supplement in the NSBE Magazine), resume books, career fairs, awards, banquets and an annual national convention.

The Torch

The NSBE torch symbolizes members' everlasting, burning desire to achieve success in a competitive society and positively affect the quality of life for all people. The lightning bolt represents the striking impact that will be felt by Society and Industry due to the contributions and accomplishments made by the dedicated members of the National Society of Black Engineers.


2007-2008 National Directives

Each year the National Chairperson provides key areas that NSBE will focus and strive for that year that he or she is elected. As members, we must strive to tailor our programs, efforts and activities around these directives. These are the directives that Darryl A. Dickerson has set for the 2007-2008 year:

Directive: Cultivate Leadership
Leadership is key to meeting our mission. We must provide each member with the skills to lead and serve, to give each a distinct competitive advantage in the work force and the ability to benefit those whom NSBE has pledged to "positively impact." As an organization, we will approach this effort in two ways:

  • Provide each member the opportunity to develop skills and traits characteristic of an effective leader throughout the year
  • More effectively channel resources and support to chapters and chapter leaders for membership services and development

Directive: Excel Academically
At the heart of the NSBE mission are the words "to excel academically." We will work intently to eliminate racial disparities in academic achievement, matriculation and attainment of degrees in technical fields, through comprehensive programs targeting these areas. In addition, we will recognize those members who truly live this part of our mission statement.

Directive: Expand the Pipeline
To truly meet our mission, we must address issues affecting the growth and development of the black community, paying particular attention to the engineering pipeline. We will establish a standard community presence and demonstrate our organization's relevance through our work in placing many more students into the engineering pipeline to address the nation's need to produce more technical talent.

Directive: Mobilize the Membership
NSBE members represent all that is positive in the black community. Our organization will display its broader relevance through community action. Additionally, we will continue to be the primary platform for displaying the vast array of black technical talent to the world.


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