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OWU Hosting Black and Latino Student Leadership Conference

February 8, 2006

DELAWARE, Ohio -- Ohio Wesleyan University's Office of Minority Student Affairs is hosting a Black and Latino Student Leadership Conference on March 3-4.

The conference will follow the theme "From Affirmation to Action: A New Generation of Leadership" and provide open panels and discussion workshops in addition to three keynote speakers -- Donna Brazile, Jeffrey Johnson and Arthur Wylie. In addition, the conference will conclude with a performance by 112 and the seventh-annual Step Show.

Pre-registration is $25 for student/professionals if registered before Feb. 24, or $40 if registered after the date. For more information, contact Daryl Peal, director of minority student affairs, at 740-368-3151 or dapeal@owu.edu.

Brazile, keynote speaker on Saturday at 10 a.m., is a senior fellow at the Academy of Leadership at the University of Maryland and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. She was the first African American woman to manage a presidential campaign when she oversaw Al Gore's 2000 run for the White House. She is an at-large member of the Democratic National Committee and designed the voter/campaign assessment program, which has been crucial in boosting black turnout in key congressional districts. She has received numerous awards and honors including a prestigious Congressional Black Caucus Youth Award and the National Women's Student Leadership Award. She was named Ebony Magazine's Outstanding Young Achievers and Washingtonian magazine named her one of the city's "100 most powerful women."

Johnson, also known as "Cousin Jeff," will provide a keynote at 2:10 p.m. on Saturday. He serves as the executive director for the Stay Strong Foundation, which is dedicated to the empowerment of youth across the country. Johnson is a social activist, African Methodist Episcopal minister, public speaker and leadership trainer. Formerly the national director for the NAACP Youth and College Division, Johnson was responsible for over 700 youth units representing more than 60,000 young adults.

Wylie, providing the opening keynote at 7 p.m. on Friday, started his dream with a dollar in his University of North Carolina -- Charlotte dorm room. By the age of 26, he had accumulated more than $1 million in assets. Today, he leads the Arthur Wylie Wealth Management Group, which oversees more than $75 million in assets and owns Syndicate Real Estate Advisors and AW Communications. He is currently working on two books, Why Die Broke -- a follow-up to his audio CD with the same title -- and Networking is Not a Dirty Word.

Music group 112 will highlight the seventh-annual Student Union on Black Awareness Step Show on Saturday at 8 p.m. Stepping is an art form in which history, traditions and culture -- usually African -- are portrayed through synchronization movements and dance. Tickets to the performance and show are $10.

For more information, contact Peal at 740-368-3151 or dapeal@owu.edu.