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NSBE ‘ A Walk for Education’ in the Roxbury Neighborhood of Boston

Volunteers at the 2017 NSBE Boston ‘A Walk For Education’

On Saturday, October 28th, more than thirty volunteers including professionals from NSBE Boston, Southern New England NSBE (SNEATP) and students from U. Conn, Wentworth Institute of Tech., & U. Mass Lowell NSBE chapters, canvassed the Orchard Gardens community in the Roxbury Neighborhood, telling students and parents of the opportunities available to them in STEM Education & Careers.

Volunteers led by Loren Murphy, NSBE Boston’s Pre-Collegiate Initiative (PCI) Chair, walked the Orchard Gardens and Dudley area, handing out information on higher education, scholarship information, SAT/ACT preparation tools, NSBE and shared information on the benefits of majoring in STEM fields. NSBE Boston also provided halloween treats to residents.

UConn NSBE

 

Murphy believes the walk for education was important in the visited areas of the Roxbury neighborhood, “because oftentimes women and minorities feel they have no place in STEM fields, and hoped the walk set an example for most”.

 

UMass Lowell NSBE

“Our mission on Saturday was accomplished! This was a major effort to show the residents of Orchard Gardens and Roxbury, that Success in STEM careers is possible, achievable and can be done. We also wanted to place a NSBE Boston stamp in the community, letting residents know more about our programs and resources we provide for free.” said Sherly Denis, 2017 NSBE Boston “A Walk for Education” Co-Chair.

 

 

 

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The annual A Walk for Education is a nationally recognized grassroots program in which NSBE members go door to door in under served minority communities, with an aim to  “to increase awareness of the opportunities available through education particularly in the STEM fields and to shatter myths about African-Americans in math, science, engineering and other technologies”.

 

NSBE Boston Pre-Collegiate Initiative (PCI) & BOSSquad meets monthly to promote STEM to children K-12. For more information on NSBE Boston PCI or upcoming BOSSquad events, please visit the NSBE Boston PCI page.

NSBE Boston & Partners HealthCare lead dialogue on Health Tech Innovation

On Thursday, October 26th Partners HealthCare hosted NSBE Boston and the general community on how they and event co-sponsor, DRAPER, are leading the charge on bridging the gap to affordable care and better health outcomes for the U.S.

(L to R) NSBE Boston, Chiderah Okoye; MBLA, Courtney Scrubbs; Partners HealthCare, Marcela Aldaz-Matos & Erin McKenna; DRAPER, Anthony Costin; NSBE Boston, Ladi Olaoye; DRAPER, Haleh Armian

The 2017 NSBE Boston Emerging Tech Talk Keynote Speaker, Erin McKenna, of Partners HealthCare, led a discussion on the role of innovation funds and the incubator/accelerator communities in bridging the viability gap for innovation and matching applications to where the resources are needed most.

Then DRAPER Lightning Talk presenters, Haleh Armian & Anthony Coston, showcased ways DRAPER and others are leading innovations to drive down the cost of treatment in issues ranging from advanced mental health diagnosis to detection of life-threatening respiratory conditions. They were engaged in a panel discussion led by President of the Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association and Sanofi Legal Counsel, Courtney Scrubbs.

Special thanks to the evening’s showcase presenters and the entire NSBE Boston community that contributed to an awesome evening of conversation and idea sharing!

View photos from the event below!

 

MassDOT Professional Organizations Fair 2017

On May 18,2017 NSBE Boston had the pleasure of attending and participating in the MassDOT Professional Organizations Fair. We were seated next to our allies Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and Society of Women Engineers (SWE). We successfully networked to expand our professional connections for the chapter. We thank MassDOT for the invitation and look forward to their bright future and many more collaborations ahead.

 

Picture from left to right: Unknown member of SHPE, Axel Vigo (SHPE President), Chiderah Okoye (NSBE President), Saul Garcia (SHPE Co-Director of Educational Outreach), Kimberly Wynne (Communications Chair of SWE)

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