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NACME and Procter & Gamble Announce STEM Leadership Forum

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NACME and Procter & Gamble Announce STEM Leadership Forum on June 3rd 

National Thought Leaders to Discuss “Preparing Our Youth for STEM Careers”

 

 White Plains. N.Y. — The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering Inc., (NACME) and Procter & Gamble (P&G) are presenting a STEM leadership forum entitled “Preparing Our Youth for STEM Careers,” on Wednesday, June 3rd. The event will take place from 1-3 p.m. in the John G. Smale Auditorium & Rotunda at Procter & Gamble Headquarters, 2 Procter & Gamble Plaza, Cincinnati, Ohio. Members of the media are invited to attend and encouraged to RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .   

Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail, the President and CEO of NACME will open the forum with a presentation titled The “New” American Dilemma.  According to Dr. McPhail, The “New” American Dilemma is characterized by the persistently low number of African American, American Indian, and Latino young women and men who pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) study and careers in engineering. Dr. McPhail will point to the fact that, of all Bachelor of Science Degrees Awarded in 2013, only 13.4 percent were awarded to underrepresented minorities (URM’s), although they represent 31.5 percent of the general population. Dr. McPhail believes with greater equality in educational attainment, demographic disparities within the STEM workforce can be diminished, helping boost minority representation in STEM employment and U.S. leadership in technology and innovation. 

Following Dr. McPhail’s remarks, forum moderator Lourdes Albacarys, P&G, Vice President of Research and Development, and NACME Scholar, will guide the distinguished panelists in a discussion of the most effective potential methods of increasing minority participation in the STEM field. 

STEM Leadership Forum Panelists Include:

  • Mary G. Adams, Program Manager, Greater Cincinnati STEM Collaborative, Retired, Procter & Gamble
  • Andrea Bowens-Jones, Ph.D. Director, Resident Scholar Program: Section Head, Research & Development, Procter & Gamble
  • Denise Casey, Executive Director, Minorities in Mathematics, Science & Engineering
  • Kim McMillan, Interim Associate Dean, Center for Innovative Technologies, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College
  • Robert Morgan, Ph.D., Director, STEM Path to the MBA, University of Alabama
  • Bob Setlock, Director, Project High Flight, Miami University of Ohio
  • Kathy Wright, Principal, Hughes STEM High School

STEM education initiatives have been a major focus of Procter & Gamble’s philanthropic efforts. In addition to an annual leadership gift to NACME and serving as a long-time NACME Board Company, Procter & Gamble is a major supporter of the National Hispanic Scholarship Fund, the Hughes STEM High School in Cincinnati and the STEM Innovation Collaborative, a program designed to expose students to STEM at a young age. 

“Procter & Gamble’s emphasis on diversity and STEM naturally complements our role as a business leader in building consumer-preferred brands and products. Effective STEM education is critical for developing future innovation leaders reflective of our diverse consumer base and bring more winning, delightful innovations to market,” explains William P. Gipson, Senior Vice President Global Diversity and Research & Development, Asia Innovation Centers, at P&G. "NACME’s role is critical to addressing the challenge we face of a growing talent gap in U.S. education in science, technology, engineering and mathematic fields. As an innovation based company, improvements in STEM graduation rates, and especially those of underrepresented U.S. minorities, are vital to business success now and for generations to come.” 

Since 1974, NACME has conducted research and analyzed trends in education, engineering enrollment, degree completion and workforce participation for underrepresented minorities. 2015 will mark the third year that NACME has partnered with a leading corporation to organize a STEM Leadership Forum. The inaugural STEM Leadership Forum took place in 2013 at Hewlett Packard (HP) Headquarters in Palo Alto, California. In 2014, Johnson Controls, Inc. hosted the event at their headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 

“We have made the STEM leadership forum an annual event because there is great ‘convening power’ in bringing together professionals who work in STEM at the grassroots level with university leaders and researchers,” said Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail. “The changing nature of the job market place, societal pressures on young people, and the advance of technology, make it imperative that we all stay current in order to attain better outcomes for underrepresented minorities in the STEM field. We thank Procter & Gamble for hosting this event and for their leadership role in building an engineering workforce that looks like America.” 

About NACME: Since its inception in 1974, NACME has stayed true to its mission: To ensure American competitiveness in a flat world by leading and supporting the national effort to expand U.S. capability through increasing the number of successful African American, American Indian, and Latino young women and men in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and careers. 

NACME Scholars hold leadership positions in industry, medicine, law, education, and government. With funding from corporate, foundation, and individual donors, NACME has supported more than 24,000 students with more than $142 million in scholarships and support, and currently has more than 1,300 scholars at 51 partner institutions across the country. NACME is also implementing a middle school through workforce entry strategy to increase the proportion of underrepresented minority students in STEM disciplines. www.nacme.org. 

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NACME Board Liaisons Offer Examples for Graduates

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NACME Board Liaisons Offer Examples for Graduates
Dr. Olester Benson and Gene Washington Highlighted in Inspirational Media Clips

 

White Plains. N.Y. — In keeping with its role of mentoring underrepresented minorities in the STEM field, The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc., (NACME) has posted three current news items on its web-site  to offer inspiration for graduating seniors.

The first clip features a recent NPR interview with Dr. Olester Benson, a Corporate Research Scientist at 3M and longtime NACME Board Liaison. In the interview entitled “The Importance of Failure in Science,” Dr. Benson joined with NPR science correspondent Joe Palca, and Frank Bates, a professor of chemical engineering and materials at the University of Minnesota, in a lively discussion. Beyond asserting that failure is part of science, the radio guests explained that failure is essential to scientific inquiry.  

“Failure is important because failure is what propels us,” said Dr. Benson. “The problem is that many people fail and quit. So we have to learn how to persevere.” Dr. Benson later amplified this point by discussing his work mentoring high school students at a school in North Dakota. “The students are afraid to fail, or even ask an unusual question, because they don’t want to look foolish in front of their friends,” added Dr. Benson. “I tell them they need to be like Curious George. He was curious about everything and he wasn’t shy about it.”

There are also links to a video and a radio interview on a new documentary entitled “Through the Banks of the Red Cedar,” about Gene Washington, a former NFL great and NACME Board Liaison. In advance of the release of the film, Gene Washington and his daughter, documentary film-maker Maya Washington, discuss Gene’s decision to leave the segregated south in 1964 to be drafted onto one of the first integrated college football teams, the Michigan State University (MSU) Spartans.

During Washington’s years at MSU, the Spartans won back to back Big Ten and National Championships. “When teams such as MSU started winning championships, southern colleges and universities knew they had to integrate if they were going to be competitive,” said Maya Washington. “As the wider community began routing for black players, it had a very positive impact on the civil rights movement. The film also takes a look at how far college and pro football have come in the past 50 years.”

In 1967, Gene Washington would be one of the first draft picks of the Minnesota Vikings and would be part of the Vikings 1969 NFL Championship team before moving on to the Denver Broncos in the early 1970’s.

After retiring from football, Mr. Washington worked in human resources at 3M Corporation for many years, wherein he took a leadership role in recruiting engineers and scientists. “I am grateful for the time I had at 3M and the work of recruiting engineers,” said Washington. “My advice to students is to do your best at your sport, but also concentrate on your academics. For most athletes, a professional career in sports won’t last forever and you need something to fall back on.”

“Olester and Gene both overcame significant challenges to achieve outstanding career goals,” added Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail, President and CEO of the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering Inc., (NACME). “We are proud to have them as part of our extended NACME family and we are happy to share their words of wisdom with our network of future engineers.”   

For more information about the film, visit www.throughthebanksoftheredcedar.com.

 

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Maya and Gene Washington

  

About NACME: Since its inception in 1974, NACME has stayed true to its mission: To ensure American competitiveness in a flat world by leading and supporting the national effort to expand U.S. capability through increasing the number of successful African American, American Indian, and Latino young women and men in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and careers.

NACME Scholars hold leadership positions in industry, medicine, law, education, and government. With funding from corporate, foundation, and individual donors, NACME has supported more than 24,000 students with more than $142 million in scholarships and support, and currently has more than 1,300 scholars at 51 partner institutions across the country. NACME is also implementing a middle school through workforce entry strategy to increase the proportion of underrepresented minority students in STEM disciplines. www.nacme.org

 

 

 

US Black Engineer and Information Technology Magazine Names NACME a Top Supporter of Historically Black Colleges and Universities

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US Black Engineer and Information Technology Magazine
Names NACME a Top Supporter of Historically Black Colleges and Universities

 

White Plains. N.Y.US Black Engineer and Information Technology magazine has designated the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc., (NACME) as one of the 2015 Top Supporters of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Engineering Programs. NACME was chosen for the coveted award by a panel comprised of the deans of 15 university level engineering programs and the corporate-academic alliance Advancing Minorities’ Interest in Engineering (AMIE). 

“The ‘Top Supporter’ distinction has grown in prestige over 13 years and comes directly from the results of a survey by our magazine,” said US Black Engineer and Information Technology (USBE&IT) publisher Tyrone D. Taborn. “NACME has not only supported HBCU’s with block grants for scholarships, but has been instrumental in supporting HBCU students during their studies and providing professional development after they graduate.” 

In total, twenty ‘Top Supporter’ Awards are given in each of two categories: ‘Top 10 Corporations’ and ‘Top 10 Government and Nonprofit Supporters’. 

Of NACME’s 51 Partner Institutions, six are Historically Black Colleges and Universities including Florida A&M University, Jackson State University, North Carolina A&T State University, Tuskegee University, Prairie View A&M University, and Morgan State University. 

“NACME is proud to be recognized for our support of HBCU Engineering Colleges” said NACME President and CEO Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail. “Although HBCU’s represent only three percent of all U.S. higher education institutions, 8.5 percent of African American undergraduates attended these institutions in 2012, and they awarded 16.7 percent of all bachelor’s degrees to African Americans that year. Together, NACME and our HBCU Engineering Colleges are building an engineering workforce that looks like America.”

 

About NACME: Since its inception in 1974, NACME has stayed true to its mission: To ensure American competitiveness in a flat world by leading and supporting the national effort to expand U.S. capability through increasing the number of successful African American, American Indian, and Latino young women and men in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and careers. 

NACME Scholars hold leadership positions in industry, medicine, law, education, and government. With funding from corporate, foundation, and individual donors, NACME has supported more than 24,000 students with more than $142 million in scholarships and support, and currently has more than 1,300 scholars at 51 partner institutions across the country. NACME is also implementing a middle school through workforce entry strategy to increase the proportion of underrepresented minority students in STEM disciplines. www.nacme.org 

About US Black Engineer and Information Technology magazine: US Black Engineer and Information Technology Magazine provides technology news and information about STEM, multicultural entrepreneurs, engineers, education, Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA), and historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) from multicultural communities in US, UK, Caribbean, and Africa. 

 

 

 

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