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Contact: Christina Chapple
Date: 2/10/04
 
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STUDENT ATTENDS LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE -- Southeastern Louisiana University student Latoya Self, center, a senior accounting major from Baton Rouge, recently participated in the Charles E. Williams II Advanced Leadership Institute in conjunction with the annual Southwestern Black Student Leadership Conference. She is congratulated by Eric Summers, left, director of Southeastern's Office of Multicultural and International Students, and Brad O'Hara, right, vice president for student affairs.

SOUTHEASTERN STUDENT PARTICIPATES IN LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE
      HAMMOND -- Two dozen Southeastern Louisiana University student were among more than 600 student leaders participating in the annual Southwestern Black Student Leadership Conference (SBSLC) at Texas A&M University in January.
      Sponsored by the university’s Office of Multicultural & International Students, the students had the opportunity to hone their leadership skills, network with employers, and discuss issues related to students of color. The university has participated in the conference for 16 years.
      For the first time, a Southeastern student -- Latoya Self, a senior accounting major from Baton Rouge -- was chosen for the conference’s prestigious Charles E. Williams II Advanced Leadership Institute (ALI). Only 30 of the 600 participants are selected, said Eric Summers, director of the Office of Multicultural and International Students. Established in 1999, ALI gives outstanding students in-depth preparation to become campus and community leaders.
      “I believe this is an honor that Southeastern can truly be proud of because it is an indication of how our students seek to excel beyond the boundaries of the classroom,” Summers said.
      Summers said Self is “no stranger to leadership.” At Southeastern, she is president of the Campus Activities Board, treasurer of the Black Student Union, and a past recipient of the African American Alumni Chapter’s Role Model of the Year Award, an honor which carried a $500 stipend.