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National Society of Black Engineers HQ

10K by 2025

aka NSBE   |   ALEXANDRIA, VA   |  www.nsbe.org

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Mission

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."

Ruling year info

1988

Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Janeen Uzzell

Main address

205 Daingerfield Road

ALEXANDRIA, VA 22314 USA

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EIN

35-1410757

NTEE code info

Professional Societies, Associations (Y03)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy N.E.C. (R99)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SEEK

The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) created the Summer Engineering Experience for Kids (SEEK) to inspire Black students with the opportunities and wonder of the STEM field.

SEEK is a free, three-week summer program that offers a fun and engaging educational experience for students in grades 3–5. SEEK aims to provide high-quality learning opportunities to underrepresented students who otherwise may not have access to robust STEM education.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Pre-College Initiative (PCI) program was implemented to promote engaging and sustainable interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) to pre-collegiate students of all ages. Our program strives to decrease the gap by providing academic, technical and leadership development to our NSBE Jr members in preparation for college and later on in their professional careers. By offering various competitions, hands-on STEM activities, and programs to assist students in discovering how engineering and technology relates to the world around them, we as a National Society have been able to influence thousands of student across the nation to step outside of the traditional realm of careers and pursue their interest in cutting edge technologies that will positively impact the world as we know it.

Population(s) Served

Future City Competition is a national program that focuses on improving student's math, engineering, and science skills. The program is open to students in the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades who attend a public, private, or home school. The aim of Future City is to provide an exciting, educational engineering program for students. It combines a stimulating engineering challenge with an inquiry-based application to present the students’ vision of a city of the future.

Middle school students are tasked with imagining, designing, and building cities of the future. After designing a virtual city (using SimCity); researching, designing, and writing up their solution to a city-wide issue; and building a scale model of their city, teams present their vision to a panel of judges. NSBE’s Future City Competition takes place at the Annual Convention.

Population(s) Served

The Challenge is the ultimate wind energy learning experience for students. High school students around the country are exploring wind energy through the hands-on, investigative and exciting KidWind Challenge! When students participate in a KidWind Challenge, they will:

Discover the promise and limitations of wind energy technology
Design, build and test a functional creative wind turbine
Compete with their peers in a supportive environment

Population(s) Served

The MATHCOUNTS Competition is a fun and challenging math program designed for middle school students to increase their academic and professional opportunities.

The competition builds math skills, promotes logical thinking, and sharpens students’ analytical abilities. MATHCOUNTS motivates and rewards students by fostering teamwork and a competitive spirit. It involves students and teachers in year-long coaching sessions and helps students at all levels improve their critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.

Population(s) Served

The Engineering Diversity Program succeeds the “Business Diversity” program. While the former program was designed to focus solely on entrepreneurship, Engineering Diversity focuses on career pathways and multi-industry penetration for the NSBE membership. It is vital that our members realize the usefulness of their acquired engineering skills in various industries. This spans traditional engineering careers, career title definition, and non-traditional engineering career pathways. Engineering Diversity focuses on resource development, enrichment, and experiential programs, which include supporting the Elevator Pitch, Fire Pit, and NSBE Debators Competitions. General programming on topics such as engineering to law, medicine, public policy, and education also falls within the purview of Engineering Diversity. problem.

Population(s) Served
Young adults

In the wake of recent, tragic instances of injustice in the U.S., NSBE has launched an initiative that will help our members and prospective members become more knowledgeable about social justice.

R.I.S.E. is an acronym that stands for “Research and Development, Innovative Thinking, Social Emergence, and Excel before the pressure.”

This initiative will involve forums with law enforcement officials, lawyers, judges, etc., a chance to make a difference using technical skills for technological advancements; and opportunities to provide the tools needed to be successful in organizing different platforms. Under the umbrella of NSBE’s Technical OutReach and Community Help (TORCH) program, we expect to see our minoritized brothers and sisters be educated on their constitutional rights, ask the questions that are rarely answered elsewhere, give practical knowledge to apply to specific situations and, most important, be the change we aspire to see.

Population(s) Served
Young adults

To meet this goal, we focus on freshman engineering enrollment, and degree completion, by offering scholarships and our signature NSBE Academic Retention Program.

The signature NSBE Academic Retention Program, which helps increase the success rate of engineering students through Technical and Professional Skills Workshops; Mentorship; Study Halls and Semester Check-Ins; and Mental Health Awareness, all conducted at the chapter level, is aimed at ensuring that students are academically and socially prepared to succeed in college.

Population(s) Served
Young adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of first-entry undergraduate program students who identify themselves as 'visible minorities'or 'non-white'

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Indigenous peoples, Multiracial people, People of African descent, People of Latin American descent, Students

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

NSBE collects this data from the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). This information reflects the number of minority students in an undergraduate program.

Number of African Americans enrolled in Engineering programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People of African descent, Students

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

NSBE collects this data from the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). All of our programming efforts stimulate the pipeline of African American Engineering talent and development.

Number of Engineering degrees earned by African Americans

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People of African descent, Students, Young adults, Older adults

Related Program

10K by 2025

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

NSBE collects this data from the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). All of our programming efforts stimulate the pipeline of Engineering degrees earned by African Americans.

Percent of Black Scientists and Engineers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People of African descent

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

NSBE collects this data from the U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey. All of our programming efforts stimulate the pipeline of African American Engineering talent and development.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The National Society of Black Engineers' goal is to reach higher and think even more creatively to build on NSBE’s 50-year legacy, to continue the progress we had made toward our “10K Goal” of leading the nation to produce 10,000 new Black Engineers each year and to expand the social justice consciousness and activism that had been at the center of our Society since it was founded by African-American engineering students at Purdue University more than four and a half decades ago.

After recognizing our goals, NSBE created a new Strategic Plan: Game Change 2025 to reshape the work of NSBE’s mission to enable greater success in the coming era of social and economic transformation.

Game Change 2025 aims to sustain and accelerate that success by presenting strategic direction, critical initiatives, challenges to be met, and measurable headline indicators, and by placing those elements on a “strategic articulation map” of pathways that align with the main areas of NSBE’s STEM ecosystem: “Ready!” for our engagement with K–12 students; “Set!!” for our collegiate programs and activities; and “Go!!!” for our support of STEM professionals. Game Change 2025 also outlines effective steps to enhance NSBE’s brand and grow the organization sustainably through strategic investment.

The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) is one of the largest student-governed organizations based in the United States. The organization has more than 600 chapters and over 24,000 active members in the U.S. and abroad. NSBE hosts an annual national convention and regional conventions designed to help members strengthen their personal and professional development in a culturally competent environment.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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National Society of Black Engineers

Board of directors
as of 11/09/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Avery Lane

NSBE

Term: 2024 - 2023


Board co-chair

Ms. Victoria Pinkett

NSBE

Term: 2023 - 2024

Jessica Ofeghale

NSBE

Jessica Brown

NSBE

Seyi Akinwmi

NSBE

Michael Williams

NSBE

Townsend Brown

NSBE

Obum Egolum

NSBE

Favor Nerrise

NSBE

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/9/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Female
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/09/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.