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Kutztown University's Multicultural Center to Host the Second Annual "Ujima Leadership Conference"

March 26, 2014

KUTZTOWN, Pa. - Kutztown University's Multicultural Center will host the second annual "Ujima Leadership Conference," from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, April 5 in the Academic Forum Building. There is a $20 registration fee for attendees without KU affiliation.

The conference will focus on how students can embody the principle of ujima, collective work and responsibility, on college campuses. This year's theme is "A Different World, A Different Way!" This multifaceted event, which is designed and directed by students, includes workshops and discussions aimed at providing students with information about how to practice leadership on campus and cultivate extracurricular involvement.

The keynote speaker for this year is Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, an author, activist, social critic and Columbia University professor. Hill is the author of "The Classroom and the Cell: Conversations on Black Life in America" and "Beats, Rhymes, and Classroom Life: Hip-Hop Pedagogy and the Politics of Identity." He also provides regular commentary for CNN, MSNBC, and "Fox News." The keynote address will focus on "Building Community in an Hour of Chaos: Progress in the Age of Obama." He will also facilitate a workshop on why black fraternities and sororities still matter.

Conference workshops, facilitated by Kutztown University undergraduate students, alumni and professionals from other institutions, will cover a wide variety of topics. Some of the topics that will be addressed are "Navigating Life after College," "Social Media Activism," "Manhood in America" and "Ten Leadership Commandments."

Several regional institutions will be represented at the conference, including Temple University, the Pennsylvania State University-Berks campus and West Chester University.

With workshops that incorporate content on building campus community, leadership, responsibility and activism, this conference is a must attend event for anyone interested in learning about contemporary student life in higher education. Networking opportunities will also be available.

For more information, please contact Cameo Pritchett at or 610-683-4810.