NACME Engineering Public Policy

Engineering Public Policy

NACME has completed the fourth year of its engagement in Engineering Public Policy in Fiscal Year 2014 and has found a place at the table where debate and discussion about the role of diversity with equity in STEM education and careers are held. 


Point of View Series

As a leader in the national discussion on the implications of diversity-with-equity in STEM education and careers for U.S. competitiveness in STEM, NACME's new Point of View series explores each of the following critical issues:

  • Closing the achievement gap
  • College preparation and affordability
  • STEM education and teacher preparation
  • The integration of the Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core State Standards in the classroom

Our goal is to shed light on how these issues affect the underrepresented minority (URM) community and to offer policy recommendations for Congressional leaders to act upon.



Legislative Accomplishments

Two Bills currently before Congress that reflect the NACME vision, mission, and strategy are:

S.671: Computer Science Education and Jobs Act of 2015, sponsored by Sen. Robert Casey, Jr. (D-PA) and

H.R. 1131 - Fairness in Student Loan lending Act, sponsored by Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA)


Past Legislation

There were two Bills introduced to Congress which were anchored on NACME’s research and policy analysis are:

H.R. 1358: Computer Science Education and Jobs Act of 2015, introduced by Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology; and 

S. 288: Women and Minorities in STEM Booster Act of 2013, sponsored by Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA). 


Two previous Bills were before Congress that reflected the NACME vision, mission, and strategy:

H.R. 1343: Project Ready STEM Act, sponsored by Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH), Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus; and

S. 1178: Educating Tomorrow’s Engineers Act, sponsored by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)


2013 NACME National Symposium

In celebration of our 2013 NACME National Symposium, NACME convened a special STEM session to examine and recommend federal policy advancing minority participation in STEM education and careers. The joint Congressional STEM sessions—originally scheduled to take place on Capitol Hill—were held as a special addition to the 2013 NACME National Symposium. Participants and attendees of the special STEM sessions, as well as those who attended the Symposium, had the opportunity to submit written testimony, which was sent to those Members of Congress who originally convened this session and are leading the effort to advance minority participation STEM.


2013 Research & Policy Briefing 

NACME successfully executed the April 2013 Research & Policy Briefing on Capitol Hill with a focus on the College Affordability Crisis. Eight Members of Congress joined us for this event and made remarks. The eight Congressional members were:

• Rep. George Kenneth Butterfield (D-OH, 11th District);

Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC, 6th District);

Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD, 4th District);

Rep. Chaka Fattah (D-PA, 2nd District);

Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH, 11th District);

Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX, 31st District); and

Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL, 24th District).


An outstanding group of panelists addressed the theme. The members of the panel were:

• Margarita Benitez, Ph.D., Senior Associate, !Excelencia in Education!;

• Carrie Billy, J.D., President and CEO, American Indian Higher Education Consortium;

• Christopher Smith, Ph.D., Director, Research and Program Evaluation, NACME, Inc.;

• Johnny Talor, J.D., President and CEO, Thurgood Marshall College Fund; and

• Janice Zdankus, Vice President, Solution Enablement& TCE, Hewlett Packard Enterprise.


Educational Policy Institute International Forum on Education & the Economy

We also released a NACME Research & Policy Brief on the topic of College Affordability at the Briefing. With the intention of involving NACME board companies more actively in advancing the NACME Engineering Public Policy agenda, NACME’s President and CEO, Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail,  moderated a panel at the Educational Policy Institute International Forum on Education & the Economy, March 21-23, 2013, in Orlando, FL. Fellow panelists included:

• Wendy Vincent, Director of Marketing, EMC Global Services, and NACME Board Liaison; 

• Catherine “Kitty” Didion, Senior Program Officer, National Academy of Engineering, and NACME Board Liaison; 

• Jambey Clinkscales, Program Manager, PMO, and Hosting Lead, Verigy Account, Hewlett Packard Enterprise; and 

• Eric Weaver, Director of Education and Workforce Policy, Intel Corporation.


NACME Government Relations Staff Council (NGRSC)

The June 2013 Policy Committee Meeting in Palo Alto, CA emphasized the need for NACME to frame and position explicit policy statements on critical national issues facing underrepresented minorities in STEM. This will be one of the focus areas for Policy in Fiscal Year 2015. We are also forming the NACME Government Relations Staff Council (NGRSC) to help facilitate the engagement of NACME board companies in policy initiatives.



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