ALANA Student Leadership Conference

The ALANA (African, Latino, Asian and Native American) Student Leadership Conference promotes a multicultural environment at SUNY Oswego, which will allow all members of the campus community, as well as those from other colleges and universities, to interact positively in an atmosphere of mutual consideration and understanding. The ALANA Student Leadership Conference will promote interaction of all students in educational and developmental activities and social situations designed to address ALANA issues.

SAVE THE DATES:  SEPT. 21 - 26, 2022


The 35th Annual ALANA Student Leadership Conference: Migration Stories of Courage

September 21 – 27, 2021

“Today, more people than ever live in a country other than the one in which they were born. While many individuals migrate out of choice, many others migrate out of necessity.” — United Nations. There are many factors that have historically caused the movement of people around the world. In these journeys are the complex stories of survival — both of our ancestors and ourselves — and the challenges faced across time.  These stories give voice to the complicated nature of displacement, adaptation and power.


Tuesday, September 21

  •   Title: ARTSwego/ALANA Concert — Red Sky (performers)
  •   Presenter: ARTSwego & ALANA 
  •   Time: 7 p.m.
  •   Location: Tyler Hall, Waterman Theatre

Red Sky Performance is a leading company of contemporary Indigenous performance in Canada and worldwide. Their mission is to create inspiring experiences of contemporary Indigenous arts and culture that transform society. The Company strives to drive its passion forward and elevate Indigenous arts and culture in ways that celebrate, uplift and respect Indigenous cultures. Hosted by ARTSwego and Oswego Gospel Choir. Red Sky Website | Ticket Info

Wednesday, September 22

  •  Title: The 5 Big F’s in Study Abroad
  •  Presenters: OIEP Study Abroad Coordinators
  •  Time: 1-2 p.m.
  •  Location: MCC 201 

Join Jessica Hernandez and Kelsey Gillett from Education Abroad in learning about the 5 Big F’s in Study Abroad: Funds, Fear, Faculty Support, Family and Fit. You will also learn about Study Abroad opportunities. Come test your knowledge with a Study Abroad theme Kahoot! Chat with Coordinators and win prizes. Refreshments will be served. Hosted by ALANA Committee Members.

Wednesday, September 22

  •  Title: Migration vs. Immigration Panel
  •  Time: 6-7 p.m.
  •  Location: MCC 201 

LSU is hosting a panel that will engage with the audience in a conversation about the difference between Migration and Immigration. Light Refreshments will be served. Hosted by Latino Student Union (LSU).

Thursday, September 23


Friday, September 24

  • Title: Experiences of Migration 
  • Organization hosting: Caribbean Student Association
  • Time: 6-7 p.m.
  • Location: MCC 201

A panel of SUNY Oswego internal faculty & Professional Staff will be speaking about their experiences of migration to the USA. Light Refreshments will be served. Hosted by Caribbean Student Association.

Saturday, September 25 

  • Title: 35th Annual Conference Keynote — Saul Flores: 
  • Keynote: Saul Flores: The Walk of the Immigrants
  • Time: 6-7:30 p.m. (1 hour Keynote address and 30 min Q & A)
  • Time: 7:45-8:45 p.m. (Saul’s meet & greet with Student Leaders — By invitation only)
  • Location: Sheldon Ballroom

Saul spent three months walking, hitchhiking, and sleeping on the ground and in hiding places. His journey began in Ecuador and ended in Charlotte, North Carolina. In three months, he walked 5,328 miles through ten countries and nine border crossings to document how grueling and dangerous the journey of immigrants to the United States can be and to raise money for an elementary school in Atencingo, Mexico. In this keynote, Saul speaks about how as a North Carolina State University senior, he took the “Walk” in the summer of 2010. Student audiences get the opportunity to relive The Walk of the Immigrants along with Saul and create a deeper understanding of the struggles, hardships, joy, and hope that immigrants experience on their journey. Hosted by NABA and ALANA Student Leaders Advisory Group. Saul Flores Website

Sunday, September 26

  • Title: ALANA 11th Annual Unity PEACE WALK
  • Organization hosting: Black Student Union (BSU)
  • Time: 2 p.m.
  • Location: Oswego City Hall

This march will be led by ALANA organizations and is designed to bring together students from all walks of life and to demonstrate diversity within the Oswego community. Our goal is to build lasting relationships with the community on and off campus. The peace walk will be in celebration of the March on Washington, which took place on August 28, 1963. The March on Washington’s purpose was to create awareness of jobs and freedom in America. Our purpose is to promote unity amongst the students, faculty, and staff within our campus community and Oswego’s residents. The march will begin at the Oswego City Hall and will culminate at the SUNY Oswego quad in front of Penfield Library to in front of MCC. Hosted by Black Student Union (BSU).

Sunday, September 26

  • Title: ALANA Spoken Word Poetry & Networking Reception
  • Time: 3-4 p.m.; Spoken Word Poetry featuring Jillian Hanesworth. Open to everyone and attendees are invited to share spoken word poetry of their own.
  • Time: 4-5 p.m.; ALANA networking reception. Open to everyone. 
  • Location: MCC Food Activity Court

Light refreshments will be served during the networking reception. Hosted by Black Student Union (BSU). Poet Hanesworth in the News

Monday, September 27

  • Title: The Art of Story Telling
  • Time: Noon to 2:30 p.m. — Lunch will be served.
  • Location: MCC Room 201

Description: Jillian Hanesworth, Director of Leadership Development at Open Buffalo and Buffalo’s social justice spoken word artist and the 2020 inaugural Poet Laureate of Juneteenth on Buffalo.

Have you ever wondered how you can use your personal experiences to move people to action? Maybe you’d like to make a change on campus or in your community, or increase attendance at your events. Maybe, you just need to learn to tell your own story... This interactive workshop will explore the power in using personal narratives and storytelling to mobilize your community. Together we will learn how our lived experiences inform our leadership style, and how to share those experiences with others for deeper connections, deeper understanding, and more sustainable change. Hosted by ALANA Student Leaders Advisory Group / Committee members.

Note: For Student Leaders, by invitation with a 30 capacity.

Monday, September 27

  • Title: ORI Speaker/Author (Claudia Hernandez, Knitting the Fog)
  • Presenters: ORI Committee, The academic Provost Office & ALANA, Institute for Global Engagement & Hart Hall 
  • Time: 7 p.m.
  • Location: Sheldon Ballroom

Description: Claudia D. Hernández was born and raised in Guatemala. She’s a photographer, poet, editor, translator, and bilingual educator residing in Los Angeles. Hernández is the author of KNITTING THE FOG, a finalist for the 2020 Firecracker Award in Creative Nonfiction. She is also an award-winning editor for her anthology photography book titled WOMEN, MUJERES, IXOQ: REVOLUTIONARY VISIONS, which received the International Latino Book Award in 2019. She is the founder of the ongoing project: Today’s Revolutionary Women of Color. Hosted by the Office of the Provost and African Student Organization (ASO).

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The ALANA Student Leadership Conference will encourage new and returning students to participate in workshops and other special events that will help them expand their knowledge about ALANA cultures and improve their leadership skills and practices.