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Black College Students Gather at First-Ever Leadership Caucus

Black College Students Gather at First-Ever Leadership Caucus


      About 200 students from eight Kentucky colleges gathered at Georgetown College for the first-ever statewide Black Student Leadership Caucus.

      “This provides a venue where students can discuss issues they’re facing on campus, and see that they’re not alone,’’ said Omar S. Rasoul, a Georgetown admissions counselor and chairman of the caucus.

      In the all-day event last weekend, students took part in workshops on topics such as “How to Survive at a Predominately White Institution,” “Young Black Men: Wake Up!” and “Dress for Success.”

      Students said the caucus was a great place for Black students to network.

      “The best part for me was seeing Black students from across the state getting together,” said Marchello Cavitt, a chemistry major from the University of Louisville.

      Darryl Tucker, a corrections and juvenile justice major from Eastern Kentucky University, agreed.

      “I’ve never met most of these people before today,” he said. “But I look forward to calling them someday and saying, ‘What’s up?’”

      The banquet’s keynote speaker was Dr. Boyce D. Watkins, a finance professor at Syracuse University and a native of Louisville.

      In addition to Eastern, Georgetown and University of Louisville, the caucus attracted students from the University of Kentucky, Morehead State University, Lindsey Wilson College and Bluegrass Community and Technical College.

Associated Press

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