Great Lakes Colleges Association

Strengthening Education in the Tradition of the Liberal Arts

Students of Color Leadership Conference


GLCA Students of Color Leadership Conference
Hope College
November 13-15, 2015

THEME:  Student Success:  The Politics of Institutional Culture

Conference begins with registration on Friday, November 13 4:00 - 6:30 PM

Guest speakers include Dr. Terrell Strayhorn, Elona Street-Stewart, Dr. Jesse M. Bernal, with more to be confirmed.

Activites end at midnight on Saturday, November 14.  Conference attendees are encouraged to stay Saturday night and depart on Sunday as time and schedules permit. 

Additional conference details - registration, itenerary and more will be available soon.

Purpose: This annual conference is hosted by a different GLCA school each year to provide students of color with the opportunity to encourage academic success; strengthen their skills of leadership and cultural awareness; develop effective activism skills; and network with their peers from similar institutions, backgrounds and experiences.

Overview: The importance of student success is an ongoing conversation in higher education mainly due to persisting disparities among “ethnic minority and ethnic majority” students at historically white institutions (HWI’s). The problems are most acute relative to areas of academic performance, social adjustment, retention, and graduation rates. Institutional climate (unwelcoming environment) is often identified as a major contributing factor to these disparities, but insufficient attention is given to the ways in which institutional culture impact “minority” student success.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Students will learn specific skills to help them become personally responsible and committed to their academic and future success.
  2. Students will be able to identify and succinctly describe the cultural and political landscape of their institution (inclusive how those features impact their sense of identity, belonging and success).
  3. Students will be able to list at least three strategies, tools and/or resources available for their use in advocating for more equity and inclusion; to develop more effective discussion/analysis techniques for employing viable information and resources: mentoring programs; research; leadership; a internship opportunities; and effective support systems, etc. ; describe the distinct differences between campus climate and campus culture from a political context, as it relates to their success, retention and graduation.
  4. Students will be able to produce a vision, purpose and plan for their future.
  5. Students will obtain valuable recommendations and resources to support their success on campus and throughout their future.