"Understanding the thought, practice and behavior of cultural growth and development" was the theme of the first annual Cultural Leadership Conference (CLC) that took place at Buena Vista University March 8 through 11.
High school juniors and seniors from Minneapolis, Ft. Dodge, Waterloo, Des Moines, Omaha and Chicago participated in what was considered the best and most opportune conference in Northwest Iowa for diverse populations.
Much work was put into this conference since its planning last October. Sophomore Erin Cron was the student leader behind the conference along with Director of Intercultural Programs Leon Williams and the CLC community.
The focus of the conference was to identify and enhance leadership. Cron believes that it's important "recruiting people to the school, raising awareness and to help BVU realize what they don't have."
Selected host students went through an intense diversity training process focusing on teamwork, stereotypes, comm-unication and appreciation.
"We focused on developing a better campus community by enhancing awareness and consciousness. Diversity planning is a mission of the intercultural office and mandatory for cultural progression," Williams said. He also felt that "preparation on both sides of the spectrum benefited all parties involved."
Read the rest of this story in the 3/22 Pilot Tribune.