Cheers West Edition


The University of Southern California chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) was recently named the best in the nation.

The NSBE was awarded the National Chapter of the Year Award for its academic excellence, community outreach and professional development.

The group came in third place at the National Academic Tech Bowl and placed second in the nation at the Debaters Competition in 2017.

NSBE is one of the largest student-run organizations in the country with more than 29,000 members at 394 chapters across the country.

Povi-Tamu “PT” Bryant


Povi-Tamu “PT” Bryant, a prominent leader of Black Lives Matter, was recently appointed managing director for the Los Angeles Black Worker Center.

Before the new position, Bryant was a program manager for Leadership Development in Intergroup Relations, for six years. During that time, Bryant managed justice leadership programs.

Bryant grew up in L.A. and graduated from UC Irvine, with a bachelor’s degree in global cultures. Bryant is also a co-founder of Justice Warriors for Black Lives.

Ernest M. Roberts

Ernest M. Roberts, founding executive director of the nonprofit Playa Vista Job Opportunities and Business Services (PVJOBS), was recently honored at City Hall following his December retirement.

With more than 20 years of experience in the technical and construction fields, Roberts founded PVJOBS to help at-risk individuals learn skills in similar trades and find work.

Roberts attended USC, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology.

Compiled by Dorany Pineda.

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