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Dr. Karl W. Reid, Executive Director National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Visits Long Island

Dr. Karl W. Reid, Executive Director of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) visited The Long Island (NY) Chapter, The Links Incorporated under the leadership of Leah E. Watson, President at Springboard Incubators in Hempstead. The Long Island Links NSBE Jr Chapter hosted Dr. Reid, special guests former Deputy Speaker Earlene Hooper and Steven Watson Jr., Mechanical Engineer from NAV/SEA and NSBE alumni.

The Long Island (NY) Chapter of The Links Incorporated established the first NSBE Jr. chapter for middle school girls on Long Island. The students meet monthly at Springboard Incubators, in Hempstead under the leadership Dr. Steven C. Lindo, President which facilitates a 10 month STEM curriculum program to deliver hands on teamwork and problem solving principles all with the underlying work of math and science processes.

Dr. Karl W. Reid, a Roosevelt native, spoke to the assembled group of students, parents and Link members about the critical role women play in the future of engineering in this country. Dr. Reid stated that as NSBE Executive Director. his goal is to encourage more girls of color to seek STEM careers and is working to open those doors. He commended the Long Island Links chapter for organizing a chapter such as this to serve as a vehicle for these young girls.

Steven Watson Jr. from NAV/SEA presented the NSBE Jr. Chapter with a donation to continue the vital STEM work and activities. Mr. Watson, a Uniondale native, spoke of his introduction to engineering at Temple University and the impact it has had on his life. Dr. Lindo shared his love of engineering and the positive impact this collaboration has on the Long Island community

The Links, Incorporated is an international, not-for-profit corporation, established in 1946. The membership consists of over 15,000 professional women of color in 289 chapters located in 41 states, the District ofColumbia, the Commonwealth of the Bahamas and the United Kingdom. It is one of the nation’s oldest andlargest volunteer service organizations of extraordinary women who are committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the culture and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry.

The Long Island (NY) Chapter, The Links, Incorporated is the first Links chapter established on Long Island. Since 1962, it serves Nassau, Suffolk and Queens Counties. In keeping with the national goals of the organization the focus is on five major program facets: Services to Youth (STY), The Arts, National Trends and Services (NTS), International Trends and Services (ITS), and Health and Human Services (HHS).

Additionally, the chapter is committed to rewarding the talents and academic achievement of our youth. Each year through its signature fundraiser – A Day at the Races – our scholarship and service programs are enhanced and substantial awards of more than $15,000 are given to academically deserving high school graduates. Each member in the chapter volunteers her time and service and collectively helps to provide andenhance the quality of life through the chapter’s program services.

For additional program information, email Leah E. Watson at Lilinkspresident@gmail.com.

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