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Open Government TV captured National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Special Interest Group (SIG) February 21, 2014. This video production was used to present findings at the 40th Annual NSBE Conference, which as a result of the dialogue, the SIG group anticipates a continued advancement of developing public policies  to bring about change to policies to more favorably encourage minorities to enter into and successfully excel in the STEM fields.   This year’s Symposium addressed the significant need for minority STEM professionals to be involved in advocacy as it relates to STEM education. Presentations and discussions focused on how professionals in government, industry, and academia might engage in advocacy and how they could promote solutions to educational disparities and challenges to achievement in STEM for underrepresented and underserved students.

The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit association that is owned and managed by its members. The organization is dedicated to the academic and professional success of African-American engineering students and professionals. NSBE offers its members leadership training, professional development, mentoring opportunities, career placement services and more.  In its 40-year history, NSBE has grown to over 30,000 members – comprising 242 collegiate, 70 professional and 82 pre-college chapters nationwide and overseas.  NSBE has also incubated seven Special Interest Groups, or SIGs: Energy, Environmental, Information Technology, Process Improvement, Space, and Public Policy (see http://youtu.be/EJiQ02kUH20).

The NSBE Public Policy Special Interest Group, in particular, has been around since 2010 and has grown steadily in programming and membership since that time.  Its mission is to study, discuss, educate, and advise on public policy issues affecting Black engineers and scientists in academia, industry and government.  With an overarching goal of affect positive change as a Society in STEM-related policies in education, the workforce, and the world.  The Public Policy SIG recently completed its 2nd Annual Policy Symposium – the 2014 NSBE Public Policy Symposium & Parent and Teacher Engagement Workshop – February 21- 22, 2014 in Washington D.C.  The Event – held at George Washington University and co-sponsored with the GW NSBE Chapter – was also captured by Open Government TV http://opengovtv.com/.  Working sessions for 2014 were spearheaded by the Educational Advocacy Workgroup established at the 2013 Symposium and Chaired by Dr. Tarla T. Toomer, as part of the SIG’s proactive model of identification of issues, followed by research, development and advancement on those policy issues of interest to the NSBE community.  These sessions included:

                  NSBE Professionals Commitment to Education

                  Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) Impact on STEM Education

                  Student Readiness for STEM Subjects and Careers

                  Women in the Technical and Professional Workforce of the Federal Sector

                  A Teacher's Perspective and NSBE/STEM Professionals in the Classroom 

                  Parents Preparing the Next Generation of STEM Leaders

                

                                   The event kicked off with remarks from the Director of the Public Policy Special Interest Group, Dr. Njema J. Frazier, and Cameron Weir, President of the George Washington NSBE Chapter.

        It included notable speakers such as:
        Dr. Patricial Falcone, Associate Director for National Security and International Affaris, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
        Dr. Bernadette M. Hence, Senior Policy Advisor, White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education, U.s. Department of Education.
        Dr. Ivory Toldson Deputy Director for The White House Inititative on Historically Black Colleges & Universities. 
        Ms. Kimberly Bryant Founder /Executive Director, Black Girls Code (video conference).
        Ms Sossena Wood, National Chairperson  National, National Society of Black Engineers. 
        Ms. Kimberly Holde, Deputy Associate Director of Recruitment and Hiring United States Office of Personnel Management (OPM).
        Ms. Cynthia Anderson, Senior Advisor, National Nuclear Security Administration, Visiting Scholar, Charleston School District, South Carolina. 
        Mr. William A Brown Sr. P.E., SES (ret) National Vice President Chair Society of American Military Engineers (SAME).
        Founder and President, African American Federal Executive Association Incorporated. (AAFEA).

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