Flint And National Society of Black Engineers

Flint And National Society of Black Engineers

To Whom It May Concern:

Flint And National Society of Black Engineers

Here at the National Society of Black Engineers, our mission is to increase the number of culturally responsible Black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.

Cultural responsibility is an ideal at the root of everything we do. It is a tenet of our mission. The elected officials in Flint, Mich., who promised to serve their community of constituents have not only failed them, they have threatened their safety. The results of their actions have led to a dangerous impact on the community, including the city’s most vulnerable sector: its youth.

We urge these officials to make things right in Flint. Meanwhile, NSBE is actively engaged in supporting donation efforts, educating the community on water safety and brainstorming sustainable solutions with our engineers, led by our Environmental Engineering Special Interest Group.  We challenge all civic leaders, Black organizations and student movements to join with us in support of our friends and neighbors in Flint. Let us call for an end to the environmental abuse of the city’s residents by exposure to lead and other toxins.

We also call for the proactive removal of dangerous substances from Flint’s water supply and the restoral of one of this community’s basic rights: access to clean water that nourishes residents and does not put their lives in jeopardy.

It is now the responsibility of those who create policy for Flint, Mich., to acknowledge the role that minority engineers and, specifically, Black engineers must play in the rebuilding process, by renewing the infrastructure of this city and restoring the fabric of cultural responsibility that the people of Flint deserve.

Very respectfully,

Neville Green
National Chair
National Society of Black Engineers

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