Michele Lezama Receives NAMEPA Wings to Succeed Award

The National Association of Multicultural Engineering Program Advocates (NAMEPA) is pleased to announce the selection of Michele Lezama as a 2016 NAMEPA Wings to Succeed Award recipient. Michele Lezama is the immediate past Executive Director of The National GEM Consortium, a 501c(3) organization, founded at the University of Notre Dame, dedicated to increasing the number of underrepresented individuals who pursue and receive a masters or PhD in engineering or science by providing full fellowships and holding informational programming on the application and graduate school experience. Michele was instrumental in assisting NAMEPA during its transition period to a new organizational and management system. She is known for assisting organizations in achieving core objectives and developing sustainable success metrics. Michele has set a high bar of excellence for Executive Directors of engineering non-profits. As a past Executive director of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) (2000-2005), Michele was instrumental in building a strong financial foundation that allowed NSBE to secure a World Headquarters, build a staff, and strengthen programmatic alignment between the National Executive Board and the World Headquarters team. After 11 years with the National GEM Consortium (2005-2016) Michele, has helped to increase the number of students from historically underrepresented minority (URM) groups that have completed graduate degrees, as well as raise the profile of Masters and PhD opportunities for students and corporate partners.

The NAMEPA Wings to Succeed awards were established to honor individuals or teams who have catalyzed change to help students from URM populations overcome historic barriers or those who go above and beyond standard expectations in their jobs and are instrumental in the success of students from URM backgrounds in engineering. This award aims to recognize non-traditional diversity roles including but not limited to faculty, corporate representatives, community organizers, and other university administrators.

NAMEPA is a national network of educators and representatives from industry, government, and nonprofit organizations who share a common commitment to improving the recruitment and retention of Black/African American, Latino/Hispanic American, Native American, Native Hawaiian, and other Pacific Islander students earning degrees in engineering. NAMEPA promotes the professional development of its members and serves as an advocate for and resource to those programs and organizations that seek to recruit, educate, and employ diverse engineering talent.

NAMEPA is very grateful for Michele’s efforts in advancing the achievement and persistence of students from URM backgrounds in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Michele Lezama will be recognized at the 37th Annual NAMEPA National Conference in West Lafayette, IN at Purdue University, October 1st – 4th, 2016.

For more information about the NAMEPA National Conference, visit: http://www.namepa.org/conference2016/

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