Mizzou hosts NSBE Region V Regional Leadership Conference
The National Society of Black Engineers Region V Regional Leadership Conference (RLC) was hosted on the campus of the University of Missouri for the very first time from Aug. 11-12.
Region V includes NSBE chapters from Missouri, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Mexico, Central America, South Africa and the Dominican Republic, and leadership from member chapters around the region attended the event. More than 70 students participated in this event.
The event began with a special opening session, which included remarks from MU Engineering Dean Elizabeth Loboa.
The theme of this year’s edition was “Reaching Your Highest Peak,” and attendees spent quality time attending workshops and participating in events intended to sharpen their leadership skills, as well as additional events intended to engage the local youth community. Workshop topics included team-building exercises, tips and tricks for maintaining high-quality school work while shouldering a leadership workload, the importance of self-image and professionalism as it relates to gender, unlocking one’s full potential and enhancing emotional intelligence.
“Hosting Region V’s 2017 Regional Leadership Conference is going to be great exposure for both Mizzou NSBE and Mizzou’s College of Engineering,” Mizzou NSBE President and Region V RLC Chair Walta Abraham said prior to the event. “Because RLC has previously been in larger cities such as New Orleans and Houston, the Mizzou Chapter is determined to cultivate excitement for members to travel to Columbia. Throughout the course of the conference, the College of Engineering will not only be exposed to collegiate and professional members, but to the pre-collegiate and NSBE Jr. members who are still deciding what college they want to attend.”
The organization reached out to its junior members and local youth through the T.O.R.C.H. (Technical Outreach Community Help) Event on Aug. 11, which was full of activities for students in K-12 interested in engineering. Engaging children from the community in STEM activities is a valuable part of their development and the College’s outreach efforts. As one child said, “my heart is pounding…,” in anticipation of seeing their newspaper tower hold a soccer ball.
Alongside workshops and youth events, the RLC provided an opportunity for networking between leadership members and an opportunity for NSBE Region V leadership to get together and plan for the coming year. Events included zone meetings as well as meetings for presidents and vice presidents, communications officers, finance officers and program officers, and more.
“It is important for us at the college to support our students in endeavors like the NSBE RLC. Our student organizations are a vital part of providing community for all our students,” said Tojan Rahhal, Director of the College of Engineering Office of Diversity and Outreach Initiatives.