To help address the issue of underrepresentation of African Americans obtaining engineering degrees and matriculating into engineering industry, the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) launched the Summer Engineering Experience for Kids (SEEK) program in 2007. The free 3-week summer camp provides access to engineering education activities through competition based, hands-on curriculum. The site leaders and classroom mentors were primarily comprised of undergraduate and graduate engineering, STEM non-engineering and education majors.
A quantitative analysis was conducted using raw data from questions related to classroom instructors’ feedback on site leadership performance including areas of management, supervision, their ability to give feedback, professionalism, work ethic and problem solving skills. These results were then compared to the classroom instructors interest outcomes on the Summer Engineering Experience for Kids program, presented by the National Society of Black Engineers. The implications of this research include better understanding the role of leadership during short-term, out-of-school (OST) engineering programs such as training and professional development and other potential best practices.
With the current state of racial affairs being at an all-time low, how are America’s institutions of higher learning expected to educate and advocate for diversity and inclusion. As colleges determine how racial tensions affect the recruitment, retention, and learning of diverse students on their campuses, are there areas in which administrative or policy changes can make a difference? Does the focus on affinity lead to a challenge in creating a campus climate of multiculturalism?
Colleges have a duty to create learning spaces that are open and safe for all, and examining the potential solutions may provide a positive path forward.
In our imagination, often our leaders appear to us as tall, good looking, individuals who know what they are doing, and how to get others moving. The reality is that leadership is a constantly evolving sense of self, and sometimes the picture we paint of ourselves isn’t the most flattering. As we do the necessary self-discovery, there will be times in which we appear unkempt, and unattractive. In this, I have been able to explore my unique journey on the path of leadership learning, and showcase how a 16th Century priest helped me to love myself.