"To increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel
 academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community."


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Temple University National Society of Black Engineers (TUNSBE)

Temple University National Society of Black Engineers (TUNSBE) is a student ran organization in the College of Engineering. It is the longest and largest student organization within our engineering school. TUNSBE  works hard to provide a platform for students within the college gearing towards first generation college students and or students who are the first generation to pursue a STEM field degree.  TUNSBE hosts bi-weekly general body meetings that engage students in active professional, academic and social development, attend regular community service events and attend local and national professional conferences. This year the chapter is focused on boosting academic stimulation within our chapter members and the surrounding college community through implementing two academic programs, Guaranteed 4.0 and NSBEmon (inspired by the NSBE chapter at UCLA). 

Guaranteed 4.0 is a 3 step plan created by Donna O. Johnson and Y.C. Chen that outlines a proven method that will help college and high school students achieve a 4.0 GPA. NSBEmon is an incentive program for students to gain points for academic success. Students have the opportunity to engage in a fantasy league inspired program for cash prizes, points, badges and bragging rights if they become NSBEmon Trainer of the Month. 

 National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)

The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), with more than 29,900 members, is one of the largest student-governed organizations in the country. Founded in 1975, NSBE now includes more than 394 College, Pre-College, and Technical Professional/Alumni chapters in the United States and abroad. NSBE’s mission is 
"to increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community." 

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. NSBE is comprised of 242 collegiate, 70 professional and 82 pre-college active chapters nationwide and overseas.  These chapters are geographically divided into six regions. NSBE is governed by an executive board of college students and engineering professionals and is operated by a professional staff in our World Headquarters located in Alexandria, VA. NSBE has accomplished more for Black engineering students than any other organization in the world. The same light that flows from the NSBE torch to students and professionals in the United States is also relevant for NSBE students in Africa, Europe, South America, Asia, Canada, Australia and the Caribbean. It is the goal of the Society to replicate its mission and vision in countries around the world, creating a global network of Black engineers, scientists and technologists.

  • Academic Excellence This year we will continue to work to increase academic performance and engineering retention rates of NSBE members. We will enhance the educational skill-set of NSBE members through experiential learning opportunities and innovation.
  • Chapter Empowerment  NSBE is a student run organization, which means it starts at the local university level. We have to empower our chapters, because we are the backbone of NSBE around the country.
Regional Directives 2014-2015
  • Academic Excellence In regard to our NSBE Jr. members, we want to build a relationship not only with the members themselves, but also with the parents and educators of our members. If we want to make an impact on our youth, it must be a concerted effort from every angle. We must empower parents to evoke change in their children's schools and teaching. We must engage younger students and interest them in STEM early on.
  • Community Impact  Ensure that when our members work together, we fulfill the NSBE mission together 
  • Chapter Empowerment  Within the region, collaboration between chapters is much easier. By empowering our NSBE chapters and working together as a single organization, more can be accomplished.
Chapter Directives 2014-2015

Epitomize the Mission In response to the current state of the general membership’s mission comprehension, we want our members to thoroughly understand the mission of the National Society of Black Engineers. This directive is an effort to advocate the true mission of the National Society of Black Engineers. We strive to enlighten those self- seeking members that do not comprehend the mission statement and also to facilitate the growth of those members that do. We will help our membership epitomize the mission of the National Society of Black Engineers through the following three acts:
Know the Mission: Knowing what the mission is first step in molding our chapter’s members into quality NSBE members. We will ensure that our chapter knows the mission. We will accomplish this goal by reciting the mission at every General Body Meeting and Executive Board Meeting that is held. We will incentivize not only the knowledge of the mission statement along with NSBE’s history.

Internalize the Mission: The knowledge of the mission of the National Society of Black Engineers is necessary. But the internalization of the mission statement is crucial. We will provide opportunities for members to honestly evaluate the mission statement and define what it means on a personal level. This is essential for a more profound understanding of our organization. We will accomplish this goal by being personable and inquiring about the subject.

Live the MissionLastly, living the mission is critical for the success of our organization. As we see the mission manifest, though our efforts, we see the power that this organization has. Living the mission feeds the passion that we have for the National Society of Black Engineers. We will provide many opportunities for our membership to live the mission by hosting meetings, attending conference, organizing community service events, and etcetera.

Revitalize the Pipeline Due to the fact that we are largely underrepresented in STEM fields, our chapter is making an effort to revitalize the pipeline. We will reevaluate our focus on the pipeline’s infrastructure; starting at the foundation and continuing and extending pass the current end game. We will strengthen the pipeline by laying a strong foundation in our youth, retaining our numbers and extending the pipeline.

We will help our membership revitalize the pipeline of the National Society of Black Engineers through the following four acts:

  • Usher to the Pipeline We will begin by advocating the pursuit of STEM careers. We will target our youth, focusing primarily on children. Many of the groups that we will target are underprivileged and underrepresented groups that may not have the role model in their lives to encourage careers in the STEM field. We will strive to advocate STEM careers and be the role model that demonstrates the potential for their success. Instead of only offering guidance upon arrival, we want to usher our youth to the pipeline; to show them the opportunities in STEM and support them on their journey to the pipeline.

  • Cultivate the Pipeline The second step of this revitalization is the focus on our adolescent youth (the high-school students). We will still continue to advocate STEM careers but we will focus on retaining the number of students that show interest in STEM fields. Many prospective students tend to change their goals either during their high school career or at the beginning of their college careers. We want to explore the reasons as to why this occurs and provide these students with as much support needed to prevent this. We want to cultivate the pipeline by continuing to advocate the pursuit of STEM education and reinforcing students’ decisions to do so.

  • Increase Retention Rate The third step of the revitalization is collegiate retention. We want to make sure that the retention rate for minority groups is at least on par with, if not above, the average for our college. This focus on collegiate retention parallels the efforts of our third directive, Ascend Academic Excellence. Many students change their majors when overwhelmed with the challenges of engineering. We want to combat this obstacle by strengthening our support network, both personal and academic.

  • Extend the Pipeline The final step of the revitalization is to extend the pipeline further into graduate studies. We currently do not focus very much on advocating graduate studies. Many students have not even considered the opportunities of graduate studies due to the fact that these students were never introduced to the idea of continuing their education. We want to ensure that all of our members are exposed to and encouraged to explore all opportunities that are available. We want to focus on the graduate extension of the pipeline because we have noticed that there is premature termination of the focus on the pipeline at the undergraduate level. We want to not only retain our graduate members but also increase the number of graduate members that our chapter is producing. Though graduate extension is our last topic of focus for the revitalization, graduate education is the penultimate level for the pipeline. We will still make efforts to retain our professional membership base. But since we have a strong professional network, we will not put as much of an emphasis on this topic.

Ascend Academic Excellence Currently there is a trend to simply achieving academic excellence by meeting a 3.0 GPA. Though it is an accomplishment to reach a 3.0 GPA, we do not believe that this should be students’ final goal. This trend of aiming for the minimum is a bad habit. Granted, a 3.0 will get your foot in the company’s door, it is just as easy to have that door closed in your face when your GPA drops by a mere tenth of a point. We don’t want our chapter to aim for the bare minimum; we want our members to expect more from themselves because they can achieve more. We want to instill this in our members by encouraging them to ascend the 3.0 GPA and challenge themselves to be great instead of good. We will be sure to make encourage all of our members and encourage everyone to challenge themselves no matter how high or low their GPA is. 

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