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Enhancing the Black Engineering Experience

PHOTO: National Society of Black Engineers Gator Chapter, 2020-21 Executive Board

The National Society of Black Engineers Gator Chapter (NSBE) plays an integral role in enhancing college life for UF’s minority engineering students. NSBE provides opportunities and invests in its members by hosting professional development workshops catered to niche areas within the technical and STEM fields. But the organization’s impact goes beyond academia.

“Our chapter has a family bond,” said Cameron Anderson, president of the NSBE Gator Chapter. “It can be overwhelming for minority students to navigate a predominantly white institution, but that is where NSBE has stepped in to help minority students find lifelong friendships.”

Community outreach is another important principle of NSBE membership. Its Pre-College Initiative (PCI) introduces students at Gainesville High School and Santa Fe High School to STEM by facilitating engineering and coding sessions. Ezzard Bradford, NSBE Gator Chapter PCI chair, conducts virtual Python programming workshops with local students.

“I find purpose in dedicating time to students passionate about engineering,” Bradford said. “I want them to become better students and learners.”

NSBE’s Gator Chapter cultivates an environment for future Black engineers to form lasting relationships at UF while also excelling academically. Follow them on Instagram for more information on their networking events and outreach activities.