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October 10, 2005
Contact: Ann Fahrbach Branden, Continuing Education, (785) 864-7889.

20th annual KU symposium on black leadership to draw 500 students

LAWRENCE -- More than 500 African-American high school students and faculty sponsors will converge on the University of Kansas on Oct. 20 for the 20th annual Black Leadership Symposium featuring workshops and dialogues promoting leadership.

Bernard Franklin, president of Penn Valley Community College in Kansas City, Mo., will be the keynote speaker. Franklin was named Penn Valley president in May. For the previous three years, he served as executive director of Kauffman Scholars, a multi-year initiative funded by the Ewing Kauffman Foundation to help urban students from low-income families in Kansas City prepare for and complete a college education.

Student participation in the symposium is handled through schools throughout Kansas and the greater Kansas City area, and is based on academic achievement and leadership potential. Students will attend workshops about leadership, the importance of a post-secondary education and preparing themselves for college. This year's theme is "Focus on the Future: Strengthening Youth, Families, and Our Communities."

The symposium schedule includes:

-- "All You Ever Wanted to Know About KU," a panel presentation by KU students who will answer questions about university life;
-- A workshop for high-school counselors and advisers on issues that face students and staff as they navigate the college search process;
-- A multicultural information fair showcasing programs and resources available to KU students;
-- A student talent show.

Information and registration are available by calling (785) 864-5823 or toll-free (877) 404-5823 or visiting http://www.kuce.org/leadership/bls. The conference is sponsored by the University of Kansas Office of the Provost, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Office of Admissions and Scholarships, Multicultural Resource Center and KU Continuing Education.

This fall, KU set a new mark for best minority enrollment on record. Minority enrollment overall increased to 3,537, or 11.9 percent of KU's overall student population.

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