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A committee of several students, faculty and staff have committed to hosting the Diversity and Leadership Conference on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008.  In its inaugural year the conference brought more than 130 students together to teach, learn and explore two topics that are very relevant to students: diversity and leadership.

This year’s conference theme is “Becoming a Diverse City: Taking Charge of Change.”  Keynote speakers, experiential workshops and educational sessions focus on empowering students to take charge of the change in themselves, their campus and communities.  The committee hopes to draw over 200 students to the conference.

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. He will challenge the student participants to take charge of change on in their lives, their campus and communities.

The event is sponsored by a number of colleges, offices, departments and student organizations on campus including the Black Student Union, College of Business, College of Education & Human Services, College of Letters & Science, Counseling Center, Dean of Students, Dept. of Graduate Studies, Dept. of Foreign Languages & Literature, Dept. of Social Work, 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 on the event can be found online at: