The following blog was posted by Cmdr. Glynn Smith on behalf of Adm. Bob Papp.
I was thrilled to have the opportunity on Saturday to close the National Society of Black Engineers Leadership Conference at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. NSBE is a student-led organization that is committed to creating a bridge between minority communities and the STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) world around them. This includes the Coast Guard and our state-of-the-art future that is being acquired now in new assets and capabilities.
During my many years of Coast Guard service, I have greatly enjoyed working alongside my shipmates in shaping our service and refining its ability to protect our nation. This is certainly the case today on many fronts, but probably none more important than implementing our strategic plan to increase diversity within our service. And we have been successful. The Coast Guard Academy class of 2015 will be the most diverse in history with about one-third minority representation.
Most importantly, by strengthening partnerships with organizations that support the development of our youth, we are making a difference in the lives of many talented young Americans whether they ultimately join the Coast Guard or not. We advance knowledge and opportunities by hosting these events where students gain a stronger appreciation of the sciences and related careers. We will continue our partnership with NSBE by hosting a Summer Engineering Experience for Kids program in the Washington, DC, area for inner-city African American children.
I thank NSBE leadership including National Chair Calvin Phelps and Executive Director Dr. Carl Mack for welcoming me to their conference and the staff of the Coast Guard Academy for their continuing work toward a fully diversified workforce.
Adm. Bob Papp