(Feb. 14, 2011)--The UTSA Student Leadership Center recently selected 28 students to attend the 2011 Southwestern Black Student Leadership Conference in College Station, Texas. Hosted at Texas A&M University, the conference hosted more than 550 participants. Speakers focused on this year's conference theme, "The Imagine of Impact: A Reflection of a Leader."
The 23rd annual conference featured inspiring keynote speakers including Richard T. Jones, Marshawn Evans, Dominique Dawes and Derrick N. Ashong. There were workshops and a career and vendor fair, as well as the Advanced Leadership Institute. The students also attended SBSLC Entertainment Night, a collegiate social and the closing banquet.
The conference offered students opportunities to meet the speakers and talk with the workshop hosts. Kenny Bosah, a UTSA junior studying biology, won a contest at the conference and will receive a 30-minute session with motivational speaker Marshawn Evans. Bosah was the only conference participant to receive this opportunity.
The Student Leadership Center selected students from various areas of study in order to have a diverse group representing UTSA. Students were challenged to bring their experiences back to UTSA to better serve the community. In order to reflect on their personal experiences during the conference, each student was provided with a journal at the beginning of the four-day event. Their inspired entries and journals will be passed onto the students attending the conference next year.
For more information on programs and events, visit the UTSA Student Leadership Center website or stop by the office in University Center Room 1.002 on the Main Campus.
Student comments about the conference
"SBSLC is definitely a life changer for anyone who attends." -- BJ Winston
"The conference was eye-opening." -- Kiara Gradney
"I am on the road back to UTSA, and in addition to my luggage, I will be bringing back a host of ideas to better UTSA as a whole, the organizations I am involved in and my career." -- Justina Williams
Inspired by Marshawn Evans, Odessa Wiggins noted, "Don't do less when you have more. So, I told myself I will never do less."
"I will bring back a newfound motivation to school and the knowledge that excellence in everything I do is expected at a minimum. Whatever expectations you may have for this conference, expect them to be exceeded." -- Thato Segosebe
"To anyone and everyone who attends SBSLC, I urge you to start applying everything that you learn as soon as you learn it. Don't wait to become great." -- Charnelle Thompson
Take Back the Night is an international initiative to end violence. The event begins with banner making, followed by a march, presentations and poetry reading.
Sombrilla, Main Campus
Members of the UTSA community have published “Adapt and Overcome: Essays of the Student Veteran Experience,” an important book to help active duty military and veterans successfully transition to college life. The event includes a panel discussion with UTSA alumni student veterans who contributed chapters to the book. Guests can also purchase the book. All proceeds benefit the UTSA Student Veteran Association.
Business Building, University Room (BB 2.06.04), Main Campus
The Graduate School is hosting a panel discussion for all of our current students, alumni and members of the San Antonio community who are interested in learning more about graduate education.
Graduate School and Research Building (GSR 1.204), Main Campus
The annual UTSA Graduate fair gives students an opportunity to meet representatives who can provide the information on admission requirements, fellowship opportunities, and other key information.
University Center, Main Campus
A recruiter will speak to potential candidates for the Archer program. The Archer program has helped students land successful careers in public service.
Durango Building (DB 2.208), Downtown Campus
Canadian scholar Jasmin Hristov will present a lecture on paramilitarism, complex type of politically-motivated violence in different parts of Latin America. This presentation will explain paramilitary violence as a tool of economic globalization.
Buena Vista St. Bldg., Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus
The UTSA College of Engineering Technology Symposium showcases innovative student projects and research performed across multiple disciplines including engineering, science and business. The public is invited.
H-E-B UC Ballroom (HUC 1.104), Main Campus
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