Multicultural leadership conference set for September

The 2004 ALANA Student Leadership Conference set for Sept. 16 to 19 on campus will provide workshops, distinguished speakers and musical performances to SUNY Oswego students and others who attend.

Since its initiation 18 years ago, ALANA has been encouraging students to develop their leadership skills and knowledge within a multicultural environment.

The 2004 ALANA (African, Latino, Asian, Native American) Student Leadership Conference is a collaborative effort among the Leadership Education and Development Center, Artswego and student organizations.

Roosevelt Muhammad, the assistant dean of students at the LEAD Center, said that students can expect a cultural learning environment. “We believe that the conference is an instrument for bringing people together from all backgrounds,” he said. “And we welcome the campus community, the surrounding community and our sister colleges and universities to take part in the conference.”

Mark D. Muhammad, Syracuse representative of the Nation of Islam and a doctoral student at Syracuse University, will be the keynote speaker for the conference. He will speak at the Black Student Union Dinner at 5 p.m. in The Forum restaurant in Hewitt Union. Tickets are $15 for non-registrants.

Muhammad is active in the community as a board member of the Gifford Foundation, a member of the Violence Intervention and Prevention Project’s Community Advisory Committee and a graduate of Leadership Greater Syracuse. He feels the conference is an opportunity for students to learn about leadership skills and our multicultural society. He listed communication and organization as important skills for becoming a successful leader.

Events will run from 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday in Hewitt Union and Tyler Hall, with Sunday’s closing ceremonies running from 10 a.m. to noon in the upper east lounge of Hewitt Union. Events are admission free except for the student dinners and musical performances.

Award-winning Native American musician Bill Miller will perform in Waterman Theatre at 7 p.m. Sept. 17. Billboard magazine called Miller “an American treasure, an artist whose lyrical depth and musical prowess have made him a popular live performer.” General admission is $12. For more information, call Tyler Hall box office at 312-2141.

The ALANA Fashion Show will be held at 8 p.m. Sept. 17 in the Hewitt Union ballroom. Sept. 18 is the Multicultural Dinner Theatre featuring Yo Soy Latina Dance Troupe at 5 p.m. in the ballroom. The dinner is sponsored by the Caribbean Student Association, Latino Student Association and Asian Student Association. Tickets are $16 for non-registrants.

For more information about the conference, contact the LEAD Center in Room 214 of Hewitt Union, 312-5420.

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CONTACT: Roosevelt Muhammad, 312-5420

(Posted: Sep 02, 2004)