Kennesaw State hosts its first Hispanic Leadership Conference

Approximately 100 Latino male high school students attended the first Hispanic Leadership Conference held at Kennesaw State University April 16. The students‚ who were chosen by their counselors and teachers as leaders‚ came from 12 metro Atlanta high schools‚ including South Cobb‚ Ola‚ Eagle’s Landing‚ Cross Keys and East Paulding. Sponsored by the Center for Hispanic Studies and the Department of Educational Leadership at KSU‚ the conference was modeled after the successful African−American Leadership Conference that brought nearly 200 male students to the university in January. Earl “Doc” Holliday‚ coordinator of the African−American Leadership Conference and KSU assistant professor‚ said he hopes to bring back participants from both conferences in the fall. (Pictured above: Shawn Arevalo McCullough. For the complete story‚ please click on the headline above.)

Georgia (Apr 18, 2007) — Approximately 100 Latino male high school students attended the first Hispanic Leadership Conference held at Kennesaw State University April 16. The students‚ who were chosen by their counselors and teachers as leaders‚ came from 12 metro Atlanta high schools‚ including South Cobb‚ Ola‚ Eagle’s Landing‚ Cross Keys and East Paulding.

Sponsored by the Center for Hispanic Studies and the Department of Educational Leadership at KSU‚ the conference was modeled after the successful African−American Leadership Conference that brought nearly 200 male students to the university in January. Earl “Doc” Holliday‚ coordinator of the African−American Leadership Conference and KSU assistant professor‚ said he hopes to bring back participants from both conferences in the fall.

“This is part of the ground swell effort that‚ in the end‚ will hopefully nurture and inspire our young minority leaders in the metro Atlanta community to achieve great things in their lives and contribute to the areas where they live‚” Holliday said.

Robert DeVillar‚ director of the Center for Hispanic Studies‚ said that he worked closely with Holliday to tailor the conference to fit the needs of Hispanic students.

“I also had a lot of help from student organizations that took the lead in garnering funding and even recruiting breakout session leaders‚” DeVillar said. “One of the modifications included having male and female leaders‚ especially in the gender relations session. We also conducted one of the workshops in Spanish. This project demonstrated the true spirit of collaboration and camaraderie.”

The breakout sessions focusing on wellness‚ transitioning‚ gender relations and networking were led by Latino KSU students. Participants also heard from George Franco‚ a reporter with FOX5 News in Atlanta‚ as well as Shawn Arevalo McCullough‚ superintendent of the Greene County School System in east Georgia.

“I’m here to educate you and push you forward‚” said Arevalo McCullough‚ Georgia’s first Hispanic superintendent. “You are so important – not just for yourself – but for your community.”


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