Hope Hosting GLCA Black and Latino
Student Leadership Conference
Posted October 18, 2002
HOLLAND -- Students from throughout the Great
Lakes Colleges Association will gather at Hope College on
Friday-Saturday, Nov. 1-2, for the 12th annual GLCA Black
and Latino Student Leadership Conference.
Registration is underway for the event, which is
featuring the theme "The Color of Our Future," celebrating
the students' roles as future leaders in society. The
objective of the conference is to enhance the leadership
skills of students at the 12 institutions that are members
of the GLCA, and to provide participants with an opportunity
to socialize and build campus coalitions. Based on past
participation, the organizers are anticipating that
approximately 150 will attend.
Following mid-afternoon registration, the event
will open with a keynote address and dinner on Friday, Nov.
1, at 5 p.m. The speaker will be Dr. Teresa Gilliams-
Holman, who is an assistant professor of English at Hamline
University in Minneapolis, Minn.
The conference marks a return to Hope for
Gilliams-Holman, who was a visiting assistant professor of
English at the college during the 1999-2000 school year, one
of the inaugural "Preparing Future Faculty" fellows to teach
at Hope through the college's on-going relationship with
Howard University in Washington, D.C.
Entertainment after the dinner event will include
comedian Rodney Johnson and a musical performance by a guest
soloist with the Hope College Gospel Choir. A student dance
A series of workshops will run throughout the
morning on Saturday, Nov. 2. The workshops will address a
range of topics, such as leadership development,
relationships, career planning, race relations, student of
color organizations and stereotypes in the media.
The conference will close with lunch and a second
keynote address. The speaker will be Rafael Jimenez,
founder of The Republica Trading Company Inc., which is an
e-commerce and content production company that targets the
Latino and multi-ethnic populations. He is also a producer
with MTV and a partner in Urban Latino magazine.
The GLCA consists of 12 selective private liberal
arts colleges located in Indiana, Michigan and Ohio. The
members of the consortium are Albion College, Antioch
College, Denison University, DePauw University, Earlham
College, Hope College, Kalamazoo College, Kenyon College,
Oberlin College, Ohio Wesleyan University, Wabash College
and The College of Wooster.
The co-chairs of this year's Black and Latino
Student Leadership Conference are Alfredo Gonzales, who is
associate provost at Hope, and Glinda Rawls, who is director
of multicultural life at the college. Sponsors of the event
include the GLCA as well as several Hope-based programs and
organizations: the college's Black Student Union,
Comprehensive Plan to Improve Minority Participation at
Hope, Creative Dining Services, Dean of Students, Hispanic
Student Organization, Multicultural Life Office, Office of
the Provost and Student Activities Office.
Registration for GLCA participants is $65 per
person, or a group rate of $385 for six students and one
campus adviser. The rate for non-GLCA participants is $75.
Because the organizations are helping sponsoring the event,
members of the college's Black Student Union and Hispanic
Student Organization may attend at no cost.
The registration deadline is Friday, Oct. 25.
Additional information may be obtained by calling the Office
of Multicultural Life at Hope at (616) 395-7867 or by
viewing the office's website.