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Oct. 13: African American Engineering Academic Day

University to host 225 students from seven Twin Cities-area high schools.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 10-7-2015

Mankato, Minn. – Instititutional Diversity and the College of Science, Engineering and Technology at Minnesota State University, Mankato will host 225 students from seven Twin Cities-area high schools during an “African American Engineering Academic Day” visit day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13 in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom.

This event will provide students with an opportunity to meet African-American professionals in the field of engineering and help to familiarize them with a higher education institution like Minnesota State Mankato.

The African American Engineering Academic Day visit will include a college preparation session, keynote speaker, a tour and speakers who will highlight the engineering profession. The main mission of African American Engineering Academic Day is to encourage and motivate African-American youth to pursue educational opportunities in the area of engineering and to increase their access to higher education.

The students will arrive and check in from 9-10 a.m., and after a 10 a.m. welcome, the keynote address will be delivered by Farche Wilcox from 3M from 10:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

From 10:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m., the students will have an opportunity to view demonstrations and partake in a resource fair. There will be a lunch and industry panel discussion from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. and campus tours from 1-2 p.m. The panel discussion will feature Wilcox, Minnesota State Mankato faculty member Winston Sealy and two members of the local National Society of Black Engineers student chapter.

Minnesota State Mankato sponsors of African American Engineering and Academic Day visit include the Minnesota Center for Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence, the College of Science, Engineering and Technology, Institutional Diversity and Opportunity Access Success Intercultural Services.

For more information on the African American Engineering and Academic Day visit, contact Shayla Braunshausen, director of diversity initiatives for Institutional Diversity at Minnesota State Mankato, by phone at 507-389-6126 or by email at

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,376 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions. 

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