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A committee of several students, faculty and staff will host a Diversity and Leadership Conference Saturday, Feb. 16. The inaugural conference brought more than 130 students together to teach, learn and explore two topics that are very relevant to students: diversity and leadership.

The 2008 conference’s theme is “Becoming a Diverse City: Taking Charge of Change.” Keynote speakers, experiential workshops and educational sessions will focus on empowering students to take charge of the change in themselves, their campus and communities.

Keynote speaker Paul Gorski, founder of EdChange, will empower students to work for equity and social justice. The message will encourage students to start thinking about multiculturalism and diversity in terms of creating a world that is equitable. Gorski will challenge the student participants to take charge of change on in their lives, their campus and communities.

The committee hopes faculty and staff will share its goal to educate and inspire students to make a difference in the community by personally inviting students to attend the conference. The committee hopes to draw more than 200 students to the conference.

The Diversity and Leadership Conference is sponsored by the following departments and organizations: Black Student Union, College of Business, College of Education and Human Services, College of Letters and Science, Counseling Center, Dean of Students office, graduate studies department, foreign languages and literature department, social work department, Diversity Council, Gamma Alpha Omega, Oshkosh Student Association, Multicultural Education Coalition, Pepsi Fund, Rainbow Alliance for HOPE, Reeve Union Board, Residence Life, Student Affairs, Student Leadership & Involvement Center, Student Recreation & Wellness Center, University Books & More, and University Speaker Series.

Registration, the conference schedule and additional information is available at