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2013 NACME National Symposium Strengthens the Research-Policy-Action Nexus in the National Effort to Increase Diversity with Equity in STEM

October 11, 2013
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NACME Kicks Off 40th Anniversary Celebration,
Symposium and New Website, Just the Beginning

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc. (NACME) launched its year-long 40th anniversary celebration with the very successful 2013 National Symposium in Washington, D.C. The event, which took place on October 1-3, focused on the issues facing underrepresented minorities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields of study and careers. NACME’s focus is on African American, American Indian, and Latino women and men.

Despite the federal shutdown, attendees at the Symposium opening dinner were greeted by a video message from U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz. Moniz recorded his message shortly before the mandated work-stoppage deadline to show his support of this very important topic. The video can be seen online on NACME’s newly redesigned website at

“We are grateful to Secretary Moniz for taking the time to film a video for our opening Symposium dinner. But more importantly, demonstrating his support and alignment with the NACME vision, mission, and strategy,” said Dr. Irving Pressley McPhail, president and CEO of NACME. “From the time of his appointment as Energy Secretary to the present, Dr. Moniz has made diversity with equity in the energy field a hallmark of his vision for the Department of Energy.”

The Symposium brought together a distinguished group of attendees from K-12 education, post-secondary education, business, government, and the nonprofit sector. This year NACME sought to strengthen the research-policy-action nexus in the national effort to increase diversity with equity in STEM education and careers, with a particular focus on engineering. Speakers and participants challenged existing paradigms and reframed the research-policy-action nexus by focusing on Catalyzing the Engineering Pathway for URM Students, Mathematics Education, STEM Teaching and Learning, Engineering Public Policy, and Engineering Workforce Development.

Notable speakers included, Vince Bertram, president and CEO of Project Lead the Way; Anthony P. Carnevale, director of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce; Justin Draeger, president and CEO of the National Association of Student Financial Aid; Robert Moses, founder and president of The Algebra Project; Jacqueline Fleming, an independent researcher and Principal Investigator (PI) for NACME’s NSF-sponsored research project entitled, Success Factors for Minorities in Engineering: A Study of NACME Programs; and Willard Daggett the president and CEO of the International Center for Leadership in Education, Inc.

On October 2nd NACME convened special STEM sessions 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, have been given the opportunity to submit written testimony, which will be sent to those Members of Congress who originally convened this session and are leading the effort to advance minority participation STEM.

Video of most of the Symposium’s general sessions, the special STEM sessions, and keynote speakers can be viewed in the events section of the NACME website.

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 women and men in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and careers.

NACME Alumni hold leadership positions in industry, medicine, law, education, and government. With funding from corporate and individual donors, NACME has supported more than 23,000 students with more than $124 million in scholarships and other support, and currently has more than 1,200 scholars at 51 partner institutions across the country. NACME is also implementing a middle school through community college strategy to increase the proportion of underrepresented minority students in STEM disciplines.

Robert Moses, founder and president of The Algebra Project

Plenary speaker for the Mathematics Conundrum session, Robert Moses, founder and president of The Algebra Project.

Ensuring a Diverse Engineering Workforce session panel.

Ensuring a Diverse Engineering Workforce session panel. Picured (L-R): Sue Barsamian, senior vice president and general manager for Enterprise Group Global Sales, HP Enterprise Sales;  Mary Wright, program director, Jobs for the Future; Stephen Barkanic, senior vice president and chief program officer, Business-Higher Education Forum;Anthony Carnevale, Ph.D., director, Georgetown University Center for Education and the Workforce; and Susan Lewis, Houston area operations director, Dow Chemical Company.