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Title:NUPRIME (Northeastern University Programs in Multicultural Engineering) records
Dates:1981-1997 (bulk 1992-1996)
Call Number:A69

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The NUPRIME (Northeastern University Programs in Multicultural Engineering) records document the activities of NUPRIME between 1981 and 1997, as well as other initiatives devoted to minorities in engineering managed by David C. Blackman, Assistant Dean and Director of Minority Affairs for the College of Engineering between 1975 and 1999. The collection is organized into four sections: NUPRIME, Pre-NUPRIME; NUCRCM; and Related Programs.

NUPRIME records document its programs to provide financial and academic support to NU's minority engineering students. Financial information includes fund-raising letters and reports, and grant awards and reports to the Fairchild Foundation. Also represented are student organizations overseen by NUPRIME including events and financial information related to the Black Engineering Student Society (BESS), the Haitian Student Unity Club, the Hispanic Society of Professional Engineers, and the National Society of Black Engineers. Documentation of students includes student and alumni lists from the classes of 1955 through 1994, lists of minority engineering students admitted to NU and lists of NUPRIME participants, lists of engineering students from the classes of 1978-1997 who withdrew from NU, and lists of students who participated in NUPRIME tutoring programs in1994-1997.

Both Pre-NUPRIME and NUCRCM records document efforts to develop programming to encourage pre-collegiate minority students to consider careers in engineering and science. Pre-NUPRIME materials include alumni lists for the classes of 1980-1994; communications with and reports made to co-sponsor, Sippican, Inc.; and summaries of programs offered, budgets, and enrollment figures. Materials related to the Northeastern University Comprehensive Regional Center for Minorities (NUCRCM) include documents related to NSF grants, such as the 1992 grant proposal, evaluation comments from the NSF, cooperative agreements, and requests for additional funding. Also included are descriptions of NUCRCM programs for parents, teachers, and students, NUCRCM newsletters, and correspondence with the Confederation of Principals and Headmasters and with collaborating schools. Overviews of NUCRCM include a 1993 program overview, a 1994 Self-Assessment, and a 1994-1995 progress report.

The Related Programs section includes records documenting the collaborations of NUPRIME, NUCRCM, and other programs with which David Blackman was involved, with other organizations and departments at NU and in the Boston area dedicated to encouraging and assisting minorities in science and engineering fields. Materials include grant proposals prepared by Boston Public Schools in collaboration with NUPRIME and NUCRCM in 1996 and 1997, and supporting materials, such as correspondence and a recorded conference call with consulting firm Lloyd M. Cooke Associates. In addition, there are conference programs and planning records from conferences sponsored by the Education Development Center and the Principals' Institute. Materials documenting related NU programs include minutes from meetings of the Boston Group; budgets, programs descriptions, students lists, and a first year report (1992) from the Math Excel program; correspondence regarding collaborations with the Wright Center at Tufts University; and grant proposal to the National Science Foundation prepared by the School of Engineering Technology. Documentation of other programs include grant proposals, budgets, and program descriptions created by the Massachusetts Pre-Engineering Program (Mass-PEP); committee meeting minutes, reports, and strategic plans developed by Partnerships Advancing Learning of Mathematics and Science (PALMS); and a proposal to create a science and math charter school in Boston.