ALANA Conference set for Sept. 21 to 23

Frisner AugustinThe 20th annual African, Latino, Asian and Native American Student Leadership Conference will welcome students from several colleges to a celebration of empowerment and unity on the SUNY Oswego campus Sept. 21 to 23.

Coordinated by SUNY Oswego’s Leadership Education and Activities Development Center, the conference features workshops, educational sessions and cultural performances. The goal is to enable students to embrace roles as the future leaders of a multicultural global society.

“The ability to become a leader within a multicultural environment has become increasingly important in today’s world,” said Roosevelt Muhammad, assistant dean of students and director of the LEAD Center. He added that the conference “encourages students to acquire a stronger knowledge and understanding of the ALANA cultures.”

The conference’s first day, Thursday, Sept. 21, will feature a 4:30 p.m. opening reception in Tyler Art Gallery, where “Vodou and Carnaval: Haitian Images by Phyllis Galembo” is appearing. SUNY Oswego Interim University Police Chief Cynthia Adam will discuss “Leadership and Law Enforcement” at noon, the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity will host a leaders’ forum at 1:30 p.m., and Dr. Ann Edwards-Giumarra, an Oswego professor, will present “Swerving to Avoid Cultural Collisions” at 3 p.m. A roller skating party at 8 p.m. will conclude the day’s events.

Attorney Malik Zulu Shabazz will discuss leadership in the black community as keynote speaker of the alumni dinner Friday night. He will speak at 5 p.m., with dinner to follow at 6 p.m.

Other conference highlights of Friday, Sept. 22, will include the Latino Student Union on “When Latinos Collide” at 10:30 a.m., a discussion on the origin of poetry at noon, the Black Student Union on “Transformation of Leadership” at 12:30 p.m., Milfred Edward on Bob Marley’s Rastafarian movement at 1:30 p.m., Phi Beta Sigma and Jean Grant of SUNY Oswego’s Walker Health Center on “Emerging Illnesses in Our Community” at 2:30 p.m. and alumni guest speaker La-Dana Renee Jenkins asking “Are You Really Ready for the Real World?” at 3:45 p.m. The day will wrap with a fashion show at 7:30 p.m.

A pair of appearances by Haitian master drummer Frisner Augustin (pictured) will headline events Saturday, Sept. 23. Augustin will lead La Troupe Makandal at a 6 p.m. performance in the Hewitt Union ballroom that follows the 5 p.m. multicultural dinner keynoted by SUNY Oswego’s Kevin White. He also will present a percussion workshop at 1 p.m. in the Hewitt Union main lounge. Both events will be free and open to the public, although those who choose to attend the dinner would pay $15.

Other Saturday highlights will include SUNY Oswego’s Dr. Faith Maina on “African Education and American Education: Is There A Difference” at 10:30 a.m., Oswego professors Dr. Maureen Curtin and Dr. Patricia Clark on “Women and Feminists in the Movement for Civil Rights” at 11:30 a.m., an Asian food bazaar at 2:15 p.m. and Aleathea Sapp on art making at 3 p.m. The conference will conclude with a double performance, the “Step It Up” dance showcase and “So You Think You Can” talent show, starting at 6:30 p.m. in Tyler Hall’s Waterman Theatre.

For more information on the ALANA Student Leadership Conference, contact the LEAD Center in Room 214 of Hewitt Union at 315-312-5420.

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(Posted: Sep 13, 2006)