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Student participates in Men of Color Leadership Institute
November 7, 2012
Jeremy Jackson, an Associate in Arts student at A-B Tech Community College, participated in the Men of Color Inaugural Student Leadership Institute’s “Man Up: Educating Minority Males for Leadership and Service” Conference Oct. 26-28 in Phoenix.
The institute is sponsored by the Presidents’ Roundtable, an affiliate organization of the National Council on Black American Affairs. Founded in 1983, the Presidents’ Round Table is an organization of community college chief executive officers. Priorities of the organization include admission of African-American students and employment opportunities for African-Americans in community colleges across the nation with special emphasis on grooming future presidents.
Jackson was one of 48 community college students chosen from more than 100 applicants across the United States to participate in the conference. Requirements included a cumulative grade point average of 2.8 or higher, community service, a letter of recommendation, and an essay or video addressing the issue of how students would benefit from participating in the conference. The student track focused on self-image, personal health and wellness, entrepreneurship, parenting, and relationships.
“One of the most impressive parts of the conference was looking out over a sea of faces of color during the first night’s dinner that had attained their PhD. or Ed.D. The room was filled with African-American community college presidents, vice presidents, and chancellors,” said Jackson.
Jackson is an active member of the Minority Student Leadership Academy at A-B Tech, which works to increase retention and graduation rates among minority students, as well as to provide leadership activities and training. The program includes workshops and seminars such as leadership development, effective test taking tips, time management, dressing for success, resume writing, job interviewing skills, health and wellness, stress management, conflict resolution, and entrepreneurship. The program, now in its fourth year, continues to focus on academic preparedness and leadership development.