Simeon Saunders Receives NAMEPA Wings to Succeed Award

The National Association of Multicultural Engineering Program Advocates (NAMEPA) is pleased to announce the selection of Simeon Saunders as a 2017 NAMEPA Wings to Succeed Award recipient. Simeon Saunders is the Academic Counselor and Coordinator of Diversity Outreach for the Pitt EXCEL Program at the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering.

When Simeon joined the Pitt EXCEL team in 2008, he was charged with creating a male mentoring group.  The charge turned into the development of B.R.O.T.H.E.R.H.O.O.D. (Brothers Respecting Open Thought Helping Every-Man Realize His Own Original Dream) a supportive community for Pitt EXCEL men that far exceeded the original expectations. The community encourages mentorship with upperclassmen and alumni and participation in community service activities in the Pittsburgh area and their individual hometowns. As a result of culture and community fostered through BROTHERHOOD, URM undergraduate males eagerly stepped into leadership roles and improved their cumulative GPA from 2.82 in Spring 2012 to 3.02 in Spring 2017.

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 Simeon’s efforts in advancing the achievement and persistence of students from URM backgrounds in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).  Simeon Saunders will be recognized at the NAMEPA Awards Celebration Dinner on September 12th, 2017 during the 38th Annual NAMEPA National Conference (Sept 10th -13th, 2017) in Blacksburg, VA at Virginia Tech.


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