GLCA Students of Color Leadership Conference
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.