Black leadership event draws 500 students
Ballard presents keynote address at symposium
Rep. Barbara W. Ballard, who also is associate director for civic programming
and public outreach with the Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics, was
the keynote speaker at the 19th annual Black Leadership Symposium Oct.
21 at KU.
Each year the symposium draws more than 500 African-American high-school
students and faculty sponsors to KU for workshops and dialogues promoting
leadership. In keeping with the Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka
50th anniversary, this year’s theme is “Brown v. Board of
Education: Our Past Opening Doors to Our Future.”
Student participation in the symposium is handled through Kansas schools
and is based on academic achievement and leadership potential. Students
attend workshops about leadership, the importance of a post-secondary
education and preparing themselves for college.
Ballard has been associated with KU since 1980, serving as associate vice
provost for student success, associate dean and director of the Emily
Taylor Women’s Resource Center.
The conference was sponsored by the Office of the Provost, Office of Multicultural
Affairs, Office of Admissions and Scholarships, Multicultural Resource
Center and KU Continuing Education.