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U of R to Host First Joint Collegiate Black Student Summit

By Staff


black summitThe University of Rochester will host its first Joint Collegiate Black Student Summit, a national forum to discuss and develop solutions to problems facing the black community, from March 4 to March 6, on the university’s River Campus.

Students from schools including SUNY Albany, University at Buffalo, Columbia University, Cornell University, the University of Connecticut, Harvard University, Ithaca College, the University of Pennsylvania, and Syracuse University are scheduled to attend the event.

U of R student Delvin Moody, the summit’s chairman, said he came up with the idea for the event after noticing the isolation of minorities, and other groups on campus, according to the school’s website.

“I came up with the idea after seeing an isolation of the minority community among the university, and community,” Moody stated. “I felt that this isolation was due – in part – by the ‘bubble’ that is a university campus, and differences in culture.”

Guest speakers will include university president Joel Seligman, Mayor Lovely Warren, and Ebony magazine’s former editor-in-chief Mitzi Miller, who will give the keynote address.

Participants will also have an opportunity to take part in two empowerment sessions Saturday, including “Social Engineering,” which will be led by Sossena C. Wood, former national chair for The National Society of Black Engineers; and “Social Climate,” which will be led by Valeria Sinclair-Chapman, associate professor and director of the center for research on diversity and inclusion at Purdue University.

In addition, a panel discussion titled “State of the Black Student” will also be held Saturday, and will begin with an introduction from Mayor Warren, at 11:40 a.m., in Hoyt Auditorium. The purpose of the discussion is to learn the “hot” topic items that affect black students through education, civil justice, and the role of young black America, the university’s website stated.

Both the panel discussion and Miller’s keynote address are free and open to the public.

The event is geared toward students, and the cost to attend the three-day event will be $35 for university students, and $40 for others. Registration and additional information regarding the summit will be available online, at

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