10/13/2004

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Contact: Robert Page, Multicultural Affairs, (785) 864-4351

Am I My Brother's Keeper Leadership Conference planned for Oct. 15-16 at KU

LAWRENCE -- The first national Am I My Brother's Keeper Leadership Conference designed to provide training and development for African- American male leaders in college and high school will be Oct. 15-16 at the University of Kansas.

Robert N. Page Jr., director of KU's Office of Multicultural Affairs, is coordinating the event with sponsorship from the Lumina Foundation for Education, based in Indianapolis. Events at the Kansas Union and the Holiday Inn Holidome will feature guest speakers, conference sessions, social activities and an adviser workshop. Page said he expects about 150 to attend.

According to Page, the program will emphasize skills to support collegiate groups and the black community, focusing on partnerships with corporations and preparation for the workforce and college. The Lumina Foundation supports programs aimed at access to and success in post-secondary education.

Jabraan Pasha, Tulsa, Okla., junior majoring in pre-medicine and human biology who is student conference chairman, leads a committee of eight other KU students, listed below.

Among the persons scheduled to speak:

-- Walter Kimbrough, Albany, Ga., vice president for student affairs at Albany State University, is the author of "Black Greek 101: The Culture, Customs and Challenges of Black Fraternities and Sororities." Page said Kimbrough has a national reputation as an expert on historically black fraternities and sororities.

-- The Rev. Emanuel Cleaver, Kansas City, Mo., served two terms as the city's first black mayor and, for the past 25 years, as senior pastor at St. James United Methodist Church. His civic improvement efforts lead to revitalizations of the city's cultural areas featuring jazz and baseball history.

-- Lee Jones, Whitewater, Wis., is dean of the School of Graduate Studies and professor of educational foundations at the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater. He also produces and is host of his own TV talk show.

-- Jonathan Sprinkles, Pflugerville, Texas, who was a Dell senior account manager, faced at age 15 the death of his father and overcame it to become a nationally recognized motivational speaker.

-- Tyrone Bledsoe, Toledo, Ohio, vice president of student affairs at the University of Toledo, founded in 1990 the Student African-American Brotherhood to enhance the experiences of black males in colleges and universities.

For more information, visit the Web site at http://www.oma.ku.edu/brotherskeeper or contact Page at (785) 864-4351 or rpage@ku.edu.

Student committee members, their hometowns, parents, majors and high schools:
JOHNSON COUNTY
From Shawnee
Kriston Guillot, junior in business administration, son of Joyce Johnson; Shawnee Mission Northwest High School.
SEDGWICK COUNTY
From Wichita
Byron Lamont McIntosh, freshman in pre-business administration and accounting, son of Gina McIntosh; Wichita Heights High School.
ILLINOIS
From Naperville
Jeff Dugas, junior in communication studies and English, son of Lynn Boone; Neuqua Valley High School.
MISSOURI
From Kansas City
William Clayton, sophomore in pre-secondary education, son of Linda Clayton; Lincoln College Prep High School.
Brandon McDowel, senior in biochemistry and African and African-American studies, son of David and Twyla Fauntleroy; Pembroke Hill School.
Reggie McKeithen, freshman in pre-physical therapy, son of Patricia Howard; Paseo Academy of Fine & Performing Arts.
Edward Bradley Thomas II, junior in architecture, son of Joyce Thomas; Southeast High School.
Antwan Winkfield, freshman in pre-social welfare, son of Patricia Thornton; Paseo Academy of Fine & Performing Arts.
OKLAHOMA
From Tulsa
Jabraan Pasha, junior in human biology and pre-medicine, son of Sylvia Carr and Halim Pasha; Booker T. Washington High School.

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