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Oct. 20, 2008
Contact: Candy Dettbarn, Continuing Education, (785) 864-5823.

Media advisory: 400 high school students to attend 2008 Black Leadership Symposium

WHAT: 23rd annual Black Leadership Symposium at the University of Kansas for about 400 African-American students and faculty from Topeka, Kansas City, Wichita and other regional high schools. This year’s theme is “Quest for Your Best and Take the Lead.”

WHEN: 8:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23

WHERE: Kansas Union on KU’s Lawrence campus

WHY: Students will attend workshops to learn about leadership, the importance of a postsecondary education and preparing themselves for college. Student participation in the symposium is handled by Kansas high schools and is based on academic achievement and leadership potential.


8:15 a.m. — Multicultural information fair showcasing programs and resources available to KU students, Big 12 and Jayhawk rooms; Students meet Baby Jay; Jayhawk Walk

9:15 a.m. — “All You Ever Wanted to Know About KU,” a panel presentation by KU students who will answer questions about university life, Woodruff Auditorium

9:45 a.m. — Welcome by Marlesa Roney, vice provost for Student Success, and presentation of Reading Gets You There awards, Woodruff Auditorium

10 a.m.—Keynote address by Anthony Moore, assistant to the president for diversity and cultural competency and professor of education at MidAmerica Nazarene University, Olathe, Woodruff Auditorium. Moore is an educational consultant and CEO/president of Performance Leadership Group, a nonprofit education, leadership and business development consulting firm. He has worked with universities, school districts and businesses in such areas as leadership and change, multicultural education, cultural diversity, character education and minority college student recruitment retention.

10:30 a.m. — The Admissions Story: Skits about College — Smart Choices; performance by student leaders and multicultural recruitment team, Woodruff Auditorium

11 a.m. — Concurrent workshops for high school counselors and advisers on issues that students and staff face in navigating the college search process (Alderson Auditorium); on black female leadership led by Kansas Rep. Barbara Ballard, associate director for civic programming and public outreach at KU’s Dole Institute of Politics (Woodruff Auditorium); and on black male leadership led by Robert N. Page Jr., director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs (Kansas Room)

2 p.m. — Closing entertainment, rappers Yung Ro and Susan Clay, Woodruff Auditorium
2:45 p.m. — Final remarks and evaluation by Pamela Scott, associate director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Woodruff Auditorium

KU’s Office of the Provost, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Office of Admissions and Scholarships, Multicultural Resource Center and Continuing Education sponsor the conference.


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