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Black Student Association hosts urban leadership conference for high school students

Xavier faculty and students to educate local teenagers about planning for college

01/22/04

The Black Student Association is sponsoring its third annual Urban High School Leadership Conference on Thursday, Jan. 22, in the Gallagher Student Center. Two-hundred local African-American high school students are participating in the day of activities, which begins with a continental breakfast at 8:00 a.m.

University faculty, administrators and students are coordinating the conference, which includes a variety of educational workshops focused on planning for a college career. Among topics being addressed in the workshops are modern African-American leaders, financing a college career, the fundamentals of everyday money management, and effective time management. Featured presenters include Christopher Smitherman, Cincinnati City Councilman; Paul James, director of multicultural affairs at the University; Doris Jackson, director of academic advising; Paul Calme, director of financial aid; and Doug Roschman, associate director of admissions.

The high school students also are being taken on a tour of campus. To conclude the day of workshops, the students are participating in a gender-based discussion of leadership, self-esteem, self-love and motivation before reconvening for an open-forum with a Xavier student panel.

The annual conference presented by the Black Student Association’s leadership committee aims to expose high school students to the University and its African-American students in hopes of helping the teenagers develop meaningful insight about the importance of academics, leadership involvement, relationship building and teamwork.

For more information, call 513 745-3181.