The UMass Amherst Chapter of The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) hopes to be California-bound this spring to attend the 48th annual National Society of Black Engineers Annual Convention in Anaheim, California.
The annual NSBE Convention is a unique opportunity for undergraduate engineering students to network with professionals from major companies and 20,000 other NSBE members from across the country. Students also attend workshops and a career fair featuring employment and internship opportunities.
The chapter—whose mission is to increase the number of culturally responsible Black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community— sees their presence at this year’s conference as especially important to their members.
“In light of the recent anti-Black racist incidents at UMass Amherst targeting African Americans and Black students, the NSBE Chapter at UMass is working to not let these recent events dictate the experience of Black students on campus,” says the NSBE E-Board.
The overall goal for the UMass Amherst NSBE Chapter is to bring all 35 members to the convention. This would be the largest attendance UMass Amherst NSBE has ever had and the first in-person convention for many NSBE members.
“We are thankful for those who have shown their solidarity to the students at UMass Amherst NSBE,” the E-Board says. “As many have asked how they can support us, we are accepting donations to help us attend the Annual Convention to make sure as many UMass NSBE members as possible can attend.”