- Story and photos by Rae’L Jackson
New campus organization offers minorities the opportunity to learn more about engineering
The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) is a new organization on CCU’s campus. This organizations grants students the opportunity to grow and learn more about engineering.
Bernard “Bernie” Williams, president of NSBE, is a senior computer science major who had a lot to say about the organization.
“I enjoy being a part of NSBE because it offers minorities the opportunity to grow in the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics) field, network with other like-minded peers and make connections for future aspirations,” he said.
The mission of the National Society of Black Engineers is “to increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.”
NSBE will be having a “Thanksgiving Gathering” on Nov. 20 from 7:30-9 p.m. in the LJSU rotunda. The raffle winner for AirPods will be announced during the event, and there will be food, music and social time. Upon entry, NSBE is requesting everyone bring a donation toward Toys for Tots.
Kevon Young-Reaves, vice president of NSBE, a senior information technology major, said he sees NSBE as one of the top three organizations on campus.
“Why? Because I’ve seen and experienced first-hand the affect this organization has on a person’s academic and professional skill level,” he said. “NSBE creates leaders and with these leaders I see NSBE expanding across the campus and the community.”
Next semester, NSBE will be traveling to the 46th convention in San Antonio, Texas. The convention gives students the opportunity to network with major corporations around the world like academic institutions, government agencies, corporations and nonprofit organizations for this amazing event.
NSBE meets every other Sunday in LJSU Room A-213. Membership fees are $10; if you’re interested in joining contact Williams or Young-Reaves via email.
“If you want to become a member of the most dynamic group of students, professionals, advisers, and friends who are working toward eliminating disparities in education and achievement in engineering, JOIN NSBE. Becoming a member is the easiest way to join our efforts in fulfilling the mission. Regardless of where you might fit on the engineering life cycle, NSBE has a place for you,” said Young-Reaves.