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RISE 2 LEAD: Black and Latino Student Empowerment Conference

Feb 15, 2016
10:00 am — 4:30 pm
D'Angelo Center, Room 416, Queens
February 15, 2016 10:00 am

The 2016 RISE 2 LEAD Conference theme, “Reach Higher: Take Charge of Your Dreams,” addresses how Black and Latino student retention in higher education is the single most important solution to many civil rights issues.

The RISE 2 LEAD Conference aims to empower young men and women of color to maximize their potential and inspire meaningful change for justice and equality. We will bring together a diverse group of Black and Latino high school and college students, faculty, administrators, and alumni to discuss challenges that Black and Latino students face in today’s society and to inspire young men and women of color to reflect on their own goals and build on their leadership.\

Conference Schedule

10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.Check-in and Continental Breakfast
10:30 a.m. to 10:35 a.m.Welcome
1035 a.m. to 10:55 a.m.Morning Energizer
11 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.Keynote Speaker: Karim Abouelnaga, CEO of Practice Makes Perfect
11:20 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.Panel Discussion on Retention, Resilience building, and Mentorship: Our esteemed guest panelists include Shawn Best, Assistant Director of CUNY Black Male Initiatives, David Kirkland, Director of NYU Metro Center, and Jomaira Martinez, Director of Youth Empowerment Services at Goodwill Industries
11:50 a.m. to 12:05p.m.Panel Q&A
12:15 p.m. to 1:10 p.mConcurrent Workshops
1:10 p.m. to 2:10 p.m.Lunch and Learn
2:10 p.m. to 3:05 p.m.Concurrent Workshops
3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.Mentorship Mixer
4:15 p.m. to 4:25 p.m.Closing Remarks and Evaluations

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Introduce avenues of engagement and success to Black and Latino students.
  2. Prepare Black and Latino college bound students for success in college.
  3. Promote leadership development for Black and Latino students through networking and mentorship.
Karim Abouelnaga

Keynote Address by Karim Abouelnaga

Karim Abouelnaga is an Ivy-league educated, inner-city public school graduate. He received over $300,000 in scholarships to make his education at Cornell University possible. He is the founder of Practice Makes Perfect, writes for Entrepreneur, is an Echoing Green Fellow, Global Shaper, and at 23 was named to Forbes’ 30 under 30 list in Education.

Jasmine Mans

Spoken Word Performance by Jasmine Mans

Jasmine Mans, is an author, performer, poet, teacher but more importantly an artist who enjoys having various forums to express her thoughts, moods, opinions and a voice to speak out on behalf of others and the community around her. A recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison (2014), Jasmine received her BA in African-American Studies (Black Theory & Literature) and is the recipient of the Star Ledger – NJPAC; Arts Millennia; and (New York) Knicks Poetry Slam Scholarships and other awards.

Thank you in advance to all those who make this conference possible: Multicultural Affairs, Student Development, RISE Network, Gear Up, Liberty Partnership Program, Haraya, Student Government Incorporated, Latin American Student Organization, Diversity Peer Educators, Admissions Office, Phi Iota Alpha, Haitian Students Association, Alumni Association, ALFSA, McNair Scholars, NAACP, Goodwill Industries, and all our dynamic presenters: Jeff Dess, Coach Vaughn, Leonard Bretton, Jomaira Martinez, Jorge Alguera, Esteban Acosta, Alexa Achille, Yanil Nunez, Lenny Williams, Malcolm McDaniel, Xavier Vasquez, and James Vanie.

If you have any questions regarding the conference please contact Natalie Munoz, Assistant Director of Multicultural Affairs at [email protected].