Black Engineers Holds Regional Event

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Lincoln University, Pa. - The National Society for Black Engineers held its Region II Fall Danger Zone summit at Lincoln University on October 22.

Chandler Blackwell, far left, leads Lincoln University students in panel discussion on Cultural Responsibility at NSBE Region II Fall Danger Zone summit.

The summit, Back to the Future: Cultural Responsibility Then and Now, attracted 65 students from Pennsylvania’s Chester and Montgomery counties. NSBE institutions represented were Temple University, Lehigh University, Villanova University, and University of Pennsylvania, among others. Lincoln University STEM and non-STEM majors, faculty, NSBE member school sponsors and several high school students also attended.

Kimberly Taylor-Benns, Lincoln University’s associate vice president of enrollment management, opened the Summit by highlighting cultural responsibility from an educational perspective, followed by a panel led by non-STEM major students from Lincoln on the same topic. Other group and individual breakout sessions explored such topics as leadership, professionalism and workplace culture, graduate school admissions, and misconceptions of African culture.

Attendees of the National Society for Black Engineers Region II Fall Danger Zone summit gather for a group photo at Lincoln University’s Nelson Science Center October 22.

For several years, NSBE has been inactive at Lincoln until seniors Doneisha Steels and Charles Bennett, president and vice president, respectively, secured a core group of interested students. Steels and Bennett submitted a new chapter proposal to the Region II Board to hold the Summit at Lincoln University.

Lincoln University NSBE Officers
Standing: Chandler Blackwell, Public Relations Chair; Charles Bennett, Vice President; Roshaun Titus, Academic Excellence Chair; Marcus Barboza, Treasurer; Morgan McBride, Senator Seated: Uche Anyawu, Program Chair; Doneisha Steele, President; Dunsin Fadojutimi, Secretary

The subsequent approval resulted in the establishment of Lincoln’s chapter and the Summit, which have become the impetus to energize STEM and non-STEM students alike on campus and throughout Region II.

“I’m proud of what the students have accomplished in such a short period of time,” said Robert Langley, chair of the Department of Chemistry and Physics, who attended the Summit in support of NSBE.

The next event of this type will be geared toward pre-collegiate student under the Pre-Collegiate Initiative to attract minority students to STEM majors.

Article and photos by Maureen O. Stokes, Office of Communications and Public Relations.