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President's Council on Diversity to Present Annual Conference

 

The President's Council on Diversity at Wayne State College will present "Student Involvement...Bridging the Gap" March 24-25 at Wayne State College in the Student Center. The conference will feature speakers and presentations addressing diversity issues.

Conference organizers, in keeping with the college's mission of regional service, aim to build better organizations and stronger communities through the promotion of constructive dialogue addressing a range of diversity topics. All sessions and keynote speeches are free and open to students, staff, faculty and community members. Preregistration by March 20 is appreciated to allow planning for breakout sessions.

The conference's keynote address, "The Possible Impossibilities,'' will be given by Joe Smith, a WSC 2003 Alumnus from Omaha, from 7 to 9 p.m. March 24 in the Frey Conference Suite of the Student Center on campus.

Since Smith earned his bachelor's degree at WSC, he has co-authored a book titled Ready, Set, Succeed: How to Make Your Dream Come True. The book strengthens the message that all dreams are important, necessary and possible.

Smith serves as the vice-chairman of the Nebraska Democratic Party Black Caucus and political director for Elite Good Ones, Inc., where he champions community power through politics. He serves as a personal empowerment and enrichment teacher at Omaha North High School.

The keynote speaker on March 25 will be Ashley Toussaint, WSC 2002 Alumnus. Toussaint was a three-year starter at defensive back for the WSC Wildcats, received All-Conference Student Athlete Honors, and the first in his family to graduate from college.

Toussaint teaches history and coaches track and field at North Miami Beach Sr. High School and is on schedule to graduate from Nova Southeastern University this spring with a master's degree in educational leadership.

Another WSC alumnus, Jahmal Cole will give several presentations during the conference. His writing career began at an early age as he was always involved in reading and listening to music. During his senior year of high school he poured out his writing aspirations to his guidance counselor, only to be told that he would be better off joining the armed forces or going to a trade school. Undaunted, he applied to WSC, where he further developed his writing talent.

Cole made the Dean's list four times while attending WSC. He was a four-year member of the WSC men's basketball team. He graduated in 2005 with his bachelor's degree in communications and a minor in business. Cole has released two books via Role Model Publishing, Inc., a company he founded in 2006. He lives in Chicago.

Sessions on March 25 will include:

9 a.m. -  "Getting Out of the Box," Keynote Speaker, Ashley Toussaint,  WSC 2002 Alumnus - Frey Conference Suite

10 a.m. -
GLBTA Jeopardy - (People Respecting Individuals, Diversity & Equality) led by WSC Senior Brent Ramsey - Elkhorn Room;
"Yes We Can: The Formation and First Semester of the Peru State College Black Student Union," Bluestem Room;  
"Learning Cultures," Kelsey Berglund, WSC Student - Cottonwood Room;  
"Overcoming Minority Barriers," Danielle Red Owl (N.A.S.A. President) WSC Student - Goldenrod Room;
"Let's Talk About Africa," Both Wiyual, WSC Student - Meadowlark Room;
"Getting Involved From a Diverse Perspective," Blythe Spindler, WSC Student - Niobrara Room West;
"Injustice Anywhere: How to Craft a World with Justice Everywhere," Joe Smith - Niobrara Room East;

11 a.m. -
GLBTA Issues Video, Brent Ramsey, WSC Student - Elkhorn Room;
"Helping Out Our Brothers," Ambrose Lwanga and Warren Brown, WSC Students - Bluestem Room;
"Getting Out of the Box," Ashley Toussaint, WSC Alumni - Cottonwood Room;
"Walking Through the Shadows," Scott Aldrich, Winnebago Tribes - Goldenrod Room;
"Let's Talk About Africa," Both Wiyual - Meadowlark Room;
"Taste of Morocco," Amina Mejdoubi, WSC Student - Niobrara Room West; 
"Experience Chinese Culture," Cong Ying Kang, WSC Student - Niobrara Room East;

Noon -  Lunch options include: bring a sack lunch, WSC cafeteria-$5.80, or Food Court (lower level student center)

1 p.m.  - "Detours vs. Derailments," Keynote Speaker, Jahmal Cole, WSC 2005 Alumnus, Frey Conference Suite

2 p.m. -
GLBTA Open discussion, Brent Ramsey, WSC Student - Elkhorn Room'
"Yes We Can: The Formation and First Semester of the Peru State College Black Student Union,"       Bluestem Room   
"Learning Cultures," Kelsey Berglund, Wayne State Student - Cottonwood Room
"Overcoming Minority Barriers," Danielle Red Owl (N.A.S.A. President) - Goldenrod Room
"Talks of Reality & Emotional Self Discovery," Scott Aldrich, Winnebago Tribes - Meadowlark Room
"Getting Involved From a Diverse Perspective," Blythe Spindler, WSC Student - Niobrara Room West
"Detours vs. Derailments,"  Jahmal Cole, Niobrara Room East

3 p.m.  - Panel "Reflecting on the Day," Frey Conference Suite

To register please contact: Heather Reinhardt, Wayne State College, 1111 Main Street, Wayne, 68787, hereinh1@wsc.edu, or www.wsc.edu/international_education/diversity_conference/

 

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