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September 27, 2013

C.H.A.N.G.E.S. Reaches Key Milestone

Washington, D.C. – Sept. 26, 2013The Coalition of Hispanic, African and Native Americans for the Next Generation of Engineers and Scientists (CHANGES), an alliance of minority technical professional non-profit organizations, celebrates its first anniversary on September 24, 2013, marking a key milestone for the new organization.

On September 24, 2012, representatives from ten minority technical professional organizations met in Washington, D.C. to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to agree to work together to strengthen their influence on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) development and to help one another more effectively reach mutual goals and objectives.

Now consisting of 14 organizations, CHANGES has met twice with The White House Office of Science, Technology and Policy (OSTP) representatives to share its priority STEM initiatives. Priorities include development of more minorities in STEM and improvement of their work environment.

This initiative is led by key executive committee members including:

Hattie Carwell(NTA Immediate Past President), Executive Committee Coordinator

Dr. Victor McCrary(NOBCCHE Immediate Past-President) and Michael Acosta (MAES, Immediate Past National President) Advocacy Sub-committee

Polina Bakhteiarov(MAES, President DC Metro) and John Trimble (INAT Chairperson) Growth & Development Sub-committee

Kathy Dixon(NOMA President), Ashanti Johnson (IBP Executive Director), Njema Frazier (NSBE Director of Public Policy), Saundra Austin (NACME, Vice President for Operations) and Candi Hudson (NOBCCHE Special Assistant to the President), Communications Sub-committee

Pilar Montoya(SHPE CEO), Finance Sub-committee

CHANGES is formed by the following key organizations:

  • American Association of Blacks in Energy
  • Black Data Processing Associates
  • International Network on Appropriate Technology MAES-Latinos in Science & Engineering
  • National Action Council on Minority Engineers
  • National Biotechnology
  • National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers
  • National Organization of Minority Architects
  • National Society of Black Engineers-Professionals
  • National Society of Black Physicists
  • National Technical Association
  • Pharmaceutical Association
  • Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers


The coalition supports and promotes policies and strategies that lead to the increase in the number of minorities in STEM senior management positions in government, corporations and academia. Each member organization of CHANGES has missions that expressly support STEM development for under-represented minorities. Together, these organizations represent a combined membership of more than 100,000 individuals from throughout the United States.

“We are proud to be a part of this historic coalition as we tackle STEM issues and prepare the next generation of engineers and scientists for the workforce, especially the underserved communities like Latinos, Blacks and Native Americans,” said Dr. Victor McCrary, NOBCChE Past-President and VP for Research & Economic Development at Morgan State University. "By bringing together new and innovative ideas that come from our different backgrounds, skills, and experiences, we as a Nation are better able to bring forth the type of transdisciplinary and creative solutions needed to succeed in an increasingly competitive world.”

CHANGES has been recognized by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) as valuable resources to obtain input from under-represented groups on STEM issues and diversifying the STEM workforce.

“As STEM leaders, we share the responsibility to inspire, motivate, and prepare the future generation to achieve American’s innovation and competitive goals,” said Pilar Montoya, SHPE CEO.  “Our priority is to establish a pathway, starting with the White House, to address the nation’s STEM crisis.”



CHANGES’ mission is to bring the collective influence of Hispanic, African American, and American Indian STEM and architecture-focused professional organizations to bear on the effort to diversify STEM and architecture specifically by encouraging scientific and technical excellence, fostering workforce development and inclusion, and developing policies and programs that promote workforce diversity in science and engineering.