There’s one morning each year when the members of the UH chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) wake up early to pack hundreds of goody bags full of information on higher education opportunities. The Cullen College students then drive out to an underserved Houston community and hit the pavement, two-by-two, knocking on doors to pass out the goody bags and talk to residents about opportunities for higher education, especially in the STEM fields.
Across the nation, other local NSBE chapters are making this same walk in their own local neighborhoods. This annual “Walk for Education” is a grassroots program in which NSBE members go door-to-door in underserved Black communities to hand out information on college, scholarship information, SAT/ACT preparation tools, and share information on the benefits of majoring in STEM fields.
“A lot of people don’t know about these opportunities. They come out of high school and don’t think that they’ll be able to go to college,” explained Iyibi Omie-Abbey, a chemical engineering junior at the Cullen College who serves as the community service chair for NSBE’s UH chapter. “They don’t know about scholarships, financial aid, admissions. They don’t know about the opportunities provided by STEM.”
That’s precisely why the NSBE chapters at the University of Houston, Prairie View A&M, Texas Southern University and Rice University came together at the Kelly Courts apartments in Houston’s 5th Ward. Together, the engineering students visited over 282 apartments, giving out hundreds of bags full of information on education.
We followed the NSBE students and volunteers with our video camera as they participated in the Houston “Walk for Education.” Watch the video on Youtube!