Higher ed institutions host leadership summit for students Oct. 7

by admin30. September 2009 19:00

In the first collaboration of its kind, the four institutions of higher education in Fond du Lac County will jointly sponsor a free Student Leadership Summit on Wednesday, Oct. 7, at the UW-Fond du Lac campus, 400 University Dr., Fond du Lac.


Students from Marian University, Moraine Park Technical College, Ripon College and UW-Fond du Lac are invited to participate in this conference featuring regional and statewide experts on the topics of diversity and leadership. There is no fee for the conference, but registration is required for the breakout sessions and the lunch.


The Student Leadership Summit keynote speaker is Jamie Washington, a nationally known speaker, consultant and trainer with more than 25 years of experience in education presenting “Leading on Diversity in the Twenty-First Century.”


The breakout sessions available during the day include Conversations among Religions; LGBTQ Issues; Framework for Understanding Poverty; Everyday Democracy: How to Start Discussion on Your Campus; Does Color Matter? A Look at the Mirror of Privilege; and College Challenge Course: Team Building Challenges.


Entertainment during the lunch break will feature an interactive presentation on the history of dance from around the world by Julie Wilson of Shut Up and Dance.


Representatives of the four institutions will welcome attendees in the morningand establish the framework for future activities to promote diversity in Fond du Lac County. The summit will end with a student panel/poster presentation and reflection on planning the next steps.


This event is being coordinated by the Higher Education Diversity Initiative Task Force (HEDIT) which was created by the presidents and deans of the four institutions. The task force was charged to lead, inspire, educate and challenge their respective institutions and the greater Fond du Lac County community in promoting diversity and inclusiveness. Taskforce members include faculty, students, staff and administrators in equal numbers from each of the four institutions.


Faculty, administrators and community leaders are also invited to attend. For more information call UW-Fond du Lac’s Continuing Education Office at (920) 929-1155. Those interested in attending may register for the summit online at www.fdl.uwc.edu/ce.