Black Engineering Faculty Speak – We Rise

Black Engineering Faculty Speak – We Rise

The Declaration of Independence says:  “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”  However, the history of this nation shows this is not true for all Americans.

This project was created in response to the numerous injustices that have taken place in our nation against Black people, and to address racial equity and social justice in the STEM academy. The goal of the video is to bring broader awareness to the issues Black engineering faculty experience such as implicit bias and marginalization, facilitate dialogue to bring change to the broader community, connect to current and potential partners and sponsors in our efforts, unite the STEM community and to stand in solidarity with productive activism efforts for Blacks in America.

Call to Action:


Carlotta A. Berry, PhD, Producer
Monica F. Cox, PhD, Producer
Tahira Reid Smith, PhD, Producer
Brooke Coley, PhD, Creative Director
Leroy Long, III, PhD, Script Writer
“Rise Up” by Andra Day performed by Angelique A. Strothers; Recorded and mixed by Jerome O. Kirkland, Jr.
Accompaniment Track Master License used in accordance with Daywind Inc.
Andra Day “Rise Up”

Speakers In order of appearance
Winston Sealy, PhD
Shakira Hobbs, PhD
Frank Pyrtle, III, PhD
Brooke Coley, PhD
Tahira Reid Smith, PhD
Cullen R. Buie, PhD
Terri R. Norton, PhD (corrected from video)
Denise R. Simmons, PhD
Leroy Long, III, PhD
Billyde Brown, PhD
Tyrone Grandison, PhD
Kris Dorsey, PhD
Emmanuel Rowe, PhD
Monica F. Cox, PhD
Carlotta A. Berry, PhD
Trina Fletcher, PhD
Manu Platt, PhD

We extend a sincere thank you to the 50 individuals, families, companies and organizations that provided financial support for this work.

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