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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


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.