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Introduction

Welcome to Region V, known proudly as The Vanguard. This dynamic region empowers chapters and members across Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and international zones including Central America, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and Southern Africa.

Region V is renowned for its vibrant chapters and strong presence in several top colleges and universities in the Midwest and Southern United States, such as Louisiana Tech University, Prairie View A&M, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, University of Houston, University of Iowa, University of Missouri, and the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA).

The Vanguard Region is a trailblazer in NSBE history, leading the way with numerous pioneering initiatives:

First National Chant:

Region V created NSBE’s first national chant, #OneSociety.

Regional Scholarships:

We were the first to establish scholarships at the regional level.

National Leadership Conference (NLC):

 Hosted the first-ever NLC.

Strategic Planning and Research Conference:

Introduced the first conference for strategic planning and research, which became the foundation for the Professional Development Conference (PDC).

Spring Regional Conferences (SRC):

Pioneered the concept of SRCs.

Technical Outreach Community Help (T.O.R.C.H.):

Created to provide technical assistance and support to communities.

A Walk for Education (AWFE):

Launched at the University of Houston, this initiative promotes education and academic excellence within the community.

Leadership

Regional leadership within NSBE plays a pivotal role in driving the organization’s mission forward at a localized level. Our leaders serve as the backbone of NSBE, ensuring the effective implementation of programs, fostering community engagement, and supporting academic and professional growth among members. They bridge the gap between national directives and local chapters, tailoring initiatives to meet the unique needs of their regions.
Our leaders have consistently set benchmarks for others to follow, showcasing dedication, vision, and a commitment to excellence.
Region V, known as The Vanguard, demonstrates exceptional regional leadership through its innovative initiatives and commitment to excellence. Our leaders have set benchmarks that reflect their dedication, vision, and impact on the NSBE community.

Here are our key goals and directives from the past year, illustrating our leadership’s effectiveness:

Community Reach

Objective: Strengthen community bonds across all entities in the region.

Implementation: Encourage collaboration and unity among chapters and zones, emphasizing outreach to grow awareness and membership.

Cultural Reach

Objective: Highlight and celebrate NSBE’s cultural impact.

Implementation: Capture the diverse cultural narratives within NSBE and showcase their significance in regional activities and communications.

Professional Reach

Objective: Foster a professional atmosphere to nurture well-rounded engineers.

Implementation: Develop programs and events that enhance professional skills and networking opportunities for members.

Academic Reach

Objective: Promote academic excellence across the region.

Implementation: Support academic initiatives and provide resources to help members achieve their educational goals.

Introduction

Welcome to Region V, known proudly as The Vanguard. This dynamic region empowers chapters and members across Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and international zones including Central America, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and Southern Africa.

Region V is renowned for its vibrant chapters and strong presence in several top colleges and universities in the Midwest and Southern United States, such as Louisiana Tech University, Prairie View A&M, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, University of Houston, University of Iowa, University of Missouri, and the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA).

The Vanguard Region is a trailblazer in NSBE history, leading the way with numerous pioneering initiatives:

First National Chant:

Region V created NSBE’s first national chant, #OneSociety.

Regional Scholarships:

We were the first to establish scholarships at the regional level.

National Leadership Conference (NLC):

 Hosted the first-ever NLC.

Strategic Planning and Research Conference:

Introduced the first conference for strategic planning and research, which became the foundation for the Professional Development Conference (PDC).

Spring Regional Conferences (SRC):

Pioneered the concept of SRCs.

Technical Outreach Community Help (T.O.R.C.H.):

Created to provide technical assistance and support to communities.

A Walk for Education (AWFE):

Launched at the University of Houston, this initiative promotes education and academic excellence within the community.

Leadership

Regional leadership within NSBE plays a pivotal role in driving the organization’s mission forward at a localized level. Our leaders serve as the backbone of NSBE, ensuring the effective implementation of programs, fostering community engagement, and supporting academic and professional growth among members. They bridge the gap between national directives and local chapters, tailoring initiatives to meet the unique needs of their regions.
Our leaders have consistently set benchmarks for others to follow, showcasing dedication, vision, and a commitment to excellence.
Region V, known as The Vanguard, demonstrates exceptional regional leadership through its innovative initiatives and commitment to excellence. Our leaders have set benchmarks that reflect their dedication, vision, and impact on the NSBE community.

Here are our key goals and directives from the past year, illustrating our leadership’s effectiveness:

Community Reach

Objective: Strengthen community bonds across all entities in the region.

Implementation: Encourage collaboration and unity among chapters and zones, emphasizing outreach to grow awareness and membership.

Cultural Reach

Objective: Highlight and celebrate NSBE’s cultural impact.

Implementation: Capture the diverse cultural narratives within NSBE and showcase their significance in regional activities and communications.

Professional Reach

Objective: Foster a professional atmosphere to nurture well-rounded engineers.

Implementation: Develop programs and events that enhance professional skills and networking opportunities for members.

Academic Reach

Objective: Promote academic excellence across the region.

Implementation: Support academic initiatives and provide resources to help members achieve their educational goals.

Events

Fall Regional Conferences (FRCs) serve as the flagship regional event offering education, networking and job opportunities to our members. Notably, the FRC Career Fair provides sponsors with exclusive access to exceptional NSBE talent, making it an invaluable platform for talent-seekers to engage with top-tier minority engineering prospects.

Programs

Orange Table Talks is an interactive monthly membership discussion where the Vanguard talks about issues prevalent in the Black community.

First launched in October 2020 by Iman Ahmed

The goal was to engage membership outside of conferences and to target the “culturally responsible” piece of our mission statement

Past topics included:

  • Challenges of being Black in STEM
  • Impact of social media in the Black community
  • Racism on campus & corporate
  • Bettering R5 NSBE

Orange Table Talks is an interactive monthly membership discussion where the Vanguard talks about issues prevalent in the Black community.

First launched in October 2020 by Iman Ahmed

The goal was to engage membership outside of conferences and to target the “culturally responsible” piece of our mission statement

Past topics included:

  • Challenges of being Black in STEM
  • Impact of social media in the Black community
  • Racism on campus & corporate
  • Bettering R5 NSBE

Highlights

2023 Region Supreme

2023 Large Chapter of the Year

Prairie View A&M University

2024 Large Chapter of the Year

Texas A&M University

2024 Region Supreme

Successfully hosted RLC and FRC each year

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