(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
The UTSA East Asia Institute hosts District 8 City Councilman Ron Nirenberg who will discuss his recent trip to China for the 8th annual Sister Cities International forum. He will discuss how these conversations help citizens connect in an increasingly global world to exchange ideas and tackle issues affecting all of us.
University Center, Denman Room (UC 2.01.28), Main Campus
Antonio Petrov, assistant professor in the UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, invites San Antonio to engage in dialogue to gather a broad understanding of Puro. he symposium, which includes UTSA masters students, will be led by community members who embody the term. It's free and open to the public.
Brick at Blue Star Arts Complex, Bldg. 108, 1414 S. Alamo St., San Antonio
Dr. Gaye Theresa Johnson, associate professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies, and African American Studies, at the University of California at Los Angeles is the guest speaker at this free, open event. Johnson is also the author of "Spaces of Conflict Sounds of Solidarity: Music, Race, and Spacial Entitlement in Los Angeles" and "Futures of Black Radicalism."
University Center, Denman Room (UC 02.01.28), Main Campus
The UTSA Consortium for Social Transformation; African American Studies Program presents guest speaker Dr. Gaye Theresa Johnson, associate professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies, and African American Studies, University of California at Los Angelesand author of "Spaces of Conflict Sounds of Solidarity: Music, Race, and Spacial Entitlement in Los Angeles" and "Futures of Black Radicalism." The event is free and open to the public.
University Center, Denman Room (UC 2.01.28), Main Campus
Grab your friends, family, kids and dog for this annual fun run on the UTSA Main Campus benefititng the UTSA Alumni Association.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
Join the Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching for the 13th annual Storytelling Festival. The festival will feature keynote speaker Carolina Quiroga-Stultz, a Colombian Storyteller and journalist. This event is free and open to the public.
Main Building, ground floor, Main Campus
The IDS Colloquium showcases the excellent scholarship done by the IDS students in the College of Education and Human Development at UTSA. In addition, this event also honors the legacy of Dr. Marian Martinello.
Business Building, University Room (BB 2.06.04), Main Campus
The Department of Biology and the Be the Match Team will collaborate to engage and educate our students in the importance of a life saving donation through peripheral blood stem cells and a marrow harvest.
UC Paseo and Central Plaza, Main Campus
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