UAPB students attend Thurgood Marshall conference

(L-R) Damarrius Thompson, senior, Criminal Justice major; Andrea Jenkins, senior, Chemistry major; Andrea Carpenter, junior, Biology major; D’Essence Grant, senior, English Education major; Christopher Jones, senior, Industrial Technology Management and Applied Engineering; Curtis Smart, senior, Biology major; Tiffany Howell, senior, Computer Science major, Jonathon Britt, senior, Industrial Technology Management and Applied Engineering; Daniel Perry, junior, Agriculture Economics major; Kevin Smith, senior, Industrial Technology Management and Applied Engineering. Not pictured: Payton Parker, senior, Business Management major.

WASHINGTON, DC – Eleven University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff students attended the Thurgood Marshall Leadership Institute in Washington, DC recently thanks to their involvement with the Office of Career Services. Since 2000, this national program has developed students’ leadership skills, introduced various career opportunities, created a community of scholars, and helped students make connections that lead to internships and full-time positions.

The theme of this year’s conference was, “Developing Minds….Delivering Dreams.” Over 400 students from 47 publicly-supported Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), including law and medical schools were in attendance. Highlights of the conference included interactive participation in: professional and leadership development workshops, informal and formal networking sessions, plenary sessions featuring keynote addresses by some of the nation’s leading public speakers, and recruitment fair. The conference culminated with the 26th Annual Awards Gala hosted by LL Cool J, an American rapper, entrepreneur and actor.

The students that attended were: Damarrius Thompson, senior, Criminal Justice major; Andrea Jenkins, senior, Chemistry major; Andrea Carpenter, junior, Biology major; D’Essence Grant, senior, English Education major; Christopher Jones, senior, Industrial Technology Management and Applied Engineering; Curtis Smart, senior, Biology major; Tiffany Howell, senior, Computer Science major, Jonathon Britt, senior, Industrial Technology Management and Applied Engineering; Daniel Perry, junior, Agriculture Economics major; Kevin Smith, senior, Industrial Technology Management and Applied Engineering and not pictured, Payton Parker, senior, Business Management major.

D ‘Essence Grant is also a Teacher Quality Retention Program (TQRP) Fellow. The goal of TQRP is to recruit, support, and retain the next generation of leaders to teach students in underserved urban and rural communities. Shirley Cherry, director of Career Services and Tracy Knowlton, assistant Director for Cooperative Education and Internships accompanied the students.

UAPB students interested in participating in the Fall 2015 Thurgood Marshall Leadership Institute should visit the Office of Career Services, Caldwell Hall, Suite 202 or call (870) 575-8461.

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