Discovery Education Hosting Event to Celebrate Black Leaders in STEM

By Stacy M. Brown
NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent, @StacyBrownMedia

The Discovery Education STEM Careers Coalition is celebrating Black History Month by offering resources that shine a spotlight on today’s African American leaders in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

The Coalition, a dynamic collaboration of diverse partners, will host a Black Leaders in STEM Professional Development event at 6 p.m. EST, Tuesday, Feb. 16.


Chevron, Boeing, the American Petroleum Institute (API), Microsoft, and American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) will display how they are using their STEM skills to make a difference and … Read More >>

STEM, fundamental studies for the professional future of young Latin Americans

By Ricardo Sánchez Silva, @RicardoLoDice, NAHP Media Correspondent

The future of students, children of Hispanic parents, can often be uncertain if they do not have due orientation about possible study options, and mainly financial support.  In such regard, Great Minds in STEM (GMiS) offers a new series of specific K-12 educational programs, which promote university studies, awareness, and access to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), among traditionally underrepresented groups.

The Latin communities are within these sectors. Motivation and exposure of young people to role models, such as engineers and scientists, is of the utmost importance, as well … Read More >>

Implications of Biden Admin, Federal Leasing Ban on Energy and At-Risk Communities

While President Biden’s Administration is making diversity and equity a priority, and have signed several executive orders to address disparities, some of their recent announcements on energy policies could have adverse effects on underserved communities.

Yesterday, National Public Radio and others have reported that  President Biden ordered the Department of Interior to suspend new oil and natural gas leases on federal lands and in offshore waters, effectively stopping ‘federal leasing.’

This is a big deal for local communities that rely on affordable and reliable energy, as access to energy produced on federal lands and waters is critical to strengthening America’s … Read More >>


The American Petroleum Institute (API) hosted Tuesday its annual State of American Energy address. It outlined actions the natural gas and oil industry is taking to support the nation’s economic recovery and a vision for an affordable, reliable, and cleaner energy future.

According to a press release, API President and CEO Mike Sommers headlined the event that drew more than 2,000 virtual attendees and featured young professionals and local energy leaders, including a New Mexico teacher and Pennsylvania-based union trade leader.

“President Biden will lead our nation at a time of abundant American energy development, strengthened security, lower household energy … Read More >>

API Outlines Affordable and Accessible Energy in State of American Energy Report

By Stacy M. Brown

NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent


American Petroleum Institute (API) President and CEO Mike Sommers said there’s growing confidence that America’s future will be brighter and cleaner because of today’s natural gas and oil abundance and an adapting, evolving industry. 

“Today, I’m going to outline a path, a vision, for an affordable, secure, reliable cleaner energy future one marked by a shared commitment across many industries to innovation, action, and problem-solving,” Sommers avowed.

The remarks kicked off API’s annual State of American Energy address. Sommers outlined actions the natural gas and oil industry is taking to … Read More >>

A Georgia HBCU Remains Committed to Providing a Pipeline of STEM Degree Students

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent


Located deep in the heart of Georgia, about 90 miles south of Atlanta, stands Fort Valley State University, one of America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Nowhere is the university’s motto, “Empower the Possible,” underscored better than its Cooperative Development Energy Program (CDEP).

Launched 34 years ago by Dr. Isaac J. Crumbly, CDEP offers minorities and women the opportunity to pursue dual degrees in STEM disciplines. Fort Valley State University (FVSU) students join the dual-degree program for three years; then transfer to a partner institution to study engineering, … Read More >>

Welcome to Community Energy Center

The energy sector is essential to daily life, not just turning up the heat on a cold night or filling up the car on the way to work, but more broadly in fueling the economy and creating jobs and keeping the U.S. competitive and independent.

Community Energy Center is a clearinghouse for information and a forum for ideas, commentaries and analyses from a diverse chorus of voices about the intersection of this critical part of the economy and America’s communities of color. While America has abundant natural gas and oil resources and the expertise to deliver it to consumers, many … Read More >>

CBCF, API Welcome New Fellow Cody West

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent @StacyBrownMedia

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Cody West is headed from Texas to Washington, D.C. – from Law School to Capitol Hill.

West, a graduate of Texas State University and the University of Houston, earned a two-year fellowship from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) and American Petroleum Institute (API) as an Energy Policy Fellow.

The intensive program equips early-career policy professionals committed to contributing to public policy with the necessary skills to become the next generation of leaders in public service.

West now embarks on an intensive 20-months policy training and leadership development program, … Read More >>

David Valdés: “I see a more diverse future in terms of gender, race and color in the oil industry”

A young API fellow could take one of the 800 thousand jobs projected through 2030

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By Ricardo Sánchez Silva, @RicardoLoDice

NAHP Media Correspondent

David Valdés, 22 years old, of Mexican parents, saw with enthusiasm and admiration in his childhood the wind turbines in his native Texas when he was driven through the huge fields where these artifacts were located.

That fascination with energy generation would then lead him to think of other aspects that would link with his concern for the environment and the same natural phenomena that he had to live in his city, Galveston, to conclude that… Read More >>

The Energy Marketplace and Public Policies Have Unique Impacts on African-Americans

African Americans have a big stake in an energy sector that keeps fuel and electric power flowing reliably and affordably to working families and creates opportunities for economic advancement.

As the country’s energy needs inevitably continue to grow, it will create jobs, many of them in cutting-edge work requiring STEM proficiency. These positions represent opportunities for professional and advancement for the next generation of African American workers.  The Department of Energy’s Office of Minority Programs (OMP) has pursued policies aimed at increasing minority participation in the energy economy. When more people of color are working reconfiguring power plants for generation … Read More >>