Baylor Hosts Third Annual Multicultural Leadership Summit

March 26, 2009

by Jaime Bates, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

Baylor University's department of Multicultural Activities and the Academy for Leader Development and Civic Engagement will present the third annual Multicultural Leadership Summit from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 28, in Kayser Auditorium on the Baylor campus.

The summit will include workshops, informational sessions and round table discussions designed to help Baylor students develop and increase their leadership skills. Tim Wise, a noted racial activist and author, will begin the summit with a lecture on "Leadership in Contemporary Social Issues" at 9:30 a.m.

Wise received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Tulane University, where his anti-apartheid work received global attention and the thanks of Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. He is the author of several books including White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son and Affirmative Action: Racial Preference in Black and White. A collection of his essays, Speaking Treason Fluently: Anti-Racist Reflections From an Angry White Male was published this past fall. Wise also will have his fourth book, Between Barack and a Hard Place: Race and Whiteness in the Age of Obama, published this spring. Wise has contributed chapters and essays to more than 30 books and is featured in White Men White Men Challenging Racism: Thirty-Five Personal Stories.

Wise has spoken in 48 states and at more than 400 colleges and universities, including Harvard, Stanford and the law schools at Yale and Columbia. He trained professionals in many different fields how to eliminate racism in their professions. In the early 1990s, Wise served as associate director of the Louisiana Coalition Against Racism and Nazism, the largest of groups organized for the purpose of defeating neo-Nazi political candidate, David Duke.

Session one, "Cultural Identity and Leadership," will begin at 10:30 a.m. The African American Experience will be held in room 400, the Asian American Experience in room 402 and the Hispanic/Latino experience in room 405 of the Hankamer School of Business.

Session two, "Organizational Empowerment," will begin at 11:30 a.m. "Nuts and Bolts" with the Baylor Leadership Council will be held in room 406, "Show me the Money" with the Student Government Association in room 407 and "Greek 101" with a panel in room 408.

Lunch will be served from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., followed by a round table discussion with faculty from 1:30 to 2:50 p.m.

"The goal of this summit is to give students a way to connect to faculty and staff at Baylor," said Gretel Hill, administrative assistant for the dean of student life development.

This event is free and open to the public. The attire is business casual. For more information, contact Gretel Hill at (254) 710-1595.

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