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Variety of Community Partnerships in Related Programs

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

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June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



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Community Engagement Division Poster Session

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Community Engagement Division

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23.1353.1 - 23.1353.9



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Sarah Marie Brown Northeastern University

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Sarah Brown is a Ph.D. student in Electrical Engineering at Northeastern University, Draper Laboratory Fellow and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. She completed her B.S. in Electrical Engineering at Northeastern University in May 2011. In addition to her studies, Sarah has been an active member of the National Society of Black Engineers, having previously served as a chapter leader at Northeastern’s Black Engineering Student Society and as the National Technical Outreach Community Help chair.

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Mario Alan Hulett Honda of America Manufacturing, Inc.

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Mario Hulett is a mechanical engineer in the Paint and Plastics Department at Honda Manufacturing of Indiana. He is a graduate of Georgia Southern University with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology.

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Variety of Community Partnerships in Related ProgramsA national student lead program aims to promote the value Science, Technology, Engineeringand Math (STEM) education at all levels by increasing exposure, enthusiasm, skills, andparticipation, within the Black community. This is initiative is accomplished through uniqueformal and informal experiences led by Black college students. The program componentsinclude formal classroom style training, informal activities, grassroots outreach, directtechnical service and for organizational reasons traditional community services are includedas well. The program was developed and is managed centrally, but the majority of programimplementation occurs in a variety of locations by the host organization’s chapters, operatingindependently. The success of the program is driven by the student chapters and thecommunity partnerships they create in the implementation of its activities. Through theircreativity and leadership the partnerships created have ranged from technology to education.Furthermore, frequent leadership changes annually at all levels pose an additional threat tosustaining these essential relationships. We present preliminary analysis of the formation andmaintenance of community partnerships for each of the program components and their impacton the efforts. We take as examples several active programs that have been active overvarying lengths of time and examine the interactions between the types of partnerships,attendance at various program components and student volunteer participation.

Brown, S. M., & Hulett, M. A. (2013, June), Variety of Community Partnerships in Related Programs Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--22738

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