The 27th annual African, Latino, Asian and Native American Student Leadership Conference began Sept. 21, with a multicultural extravaganza — the popular fashion show — before moving on to the Unity Peace Walk, alumni panels, workshops and banquet. “ALANA week itself is one of the biggest events of the whole semester,” says Justin Brantley ’15, president of
Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, the ALANA (African, Latino, Asian and Native American) Student Leadership Conference is a centerpiece of Oswego’s academic life each September. Featuring an acclaimed author, music, dance, food, film, workshops and speakers, the ALANA conference promotes unity while celebrating the contributions of many cultures. Traditionally, students from more than 20 colleges around New York state attend.
During the past decade, the conference has featured such diverse guests as writer Esmeralda Santiago; poet Sonia Sanchez; Jeffrey Johnson of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network; Native American singer-songwriter Joanne Shenandoah; performance artist, actor and poet Caridad de la Luz; Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company and a lecture/demonstration and master class with Biboti Ouikahilo, an expert in West African dance and drumming. Perennial campus favorites include the ALANA Fashion Show and dance troupe El Ritmo Latino.