UAPB students attend Thurgood Marshall Leadership institute

Thirteen University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) students were  selected to attend the Thurgood Marshall Leadership Institute and Recruitment Fair in Washington, DC November 8-12 as a result of being registered with the Office of Career Services. Each year the Thurgood Marshall Leadership Institute and Recruitment Fair select students from the 47-member public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to attend the annual conference. This year marked the 13th Annual Leadership Institute and Recruitment Fair which gives future leaders an opportunity to have the ultimate professional development experience. Students were brought together with business executives from some of the nation’s leading companies for leadership training, career management and development, networking and recruitment opportunities. Students also had an opportunity to interview for internships, Cooperative Education and permanent job positions.

Selected students were: Johnathan Bolden, Biology, junior; Jonathan Britt, Industrial Technology, junior; Armentta Brown, Accounting, senior; Kendra Cole, Biology, senior; Brian Dailey, Accounting, senior; Kiara Ford, Agriculture Business, senior; Kristyl Garrison, Accounting, senior; April Harrell, Finance, senior; Payton Parker, Business Management, junior; and Damarrius Thompson, Criminal Justice, junior.

Melvin Clayton, English, Senior; Virginia Foster, Science Education, Senior; and Eric Williamson were selected as Teacher Quality Retention Program (TQRP) Fellows and also attended summer institutes in June of this year. TQRP’s goal is to recruit, support, and retain the next generation of leaders from HBCUs to teach students in underserved urban and rural communities.

In addition to the conference, students had the opportunity to attend other events taking place during the weekend, including the 25th Anniversary Awards Gala. Over 1,400 guests attended the gala to support students attending the nation’s public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).  The gala drew Fortune 500 executives, government agency leaders, HBCU presidents/chancellors, notables and celebrities such as Susan Taylor, Former Editor-in-Chief of Essence Magazine, Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri, Redskins running back Alfred Morris, hip-hop artist Lil’ Mama and MC Lyte, founder of the Hip Hop Sisters Foundation. The evening was hosted by Emmy and Grammy Award winner comedian and actor Dr. Bill Cosby and featured a performance by Broadway’s original Dreamgirl Jennifer Holliday.

The students were accompanied by the Director of Career Services, Shirley Cherry and Yulanda Riley, Career Coach in the Office of Career Services. Any student interested in finding out information about the 2014 event should contact the Office of Career Services in Caldwell Hall, Suite 202.

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