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The Interlink Alliance will host student leaders this weekend

Conference will teach students to be effective and ethical leaders


The Interlink Alliance will sponsor the Student Leadership Development Conference this weekend at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. The conference is the second of The Interlink
Alliance's three main initiatives.

The objective of the conference, which takes place Nov. 5-7 and is hosted by both Central State University and Wilberforce University, is to allow students to develop and apply their leadership skills, improve their life competencies, and network with other dedicated students from other member institutions. Tommie Lewis, president and CEO of Make It Plain Consulting, will serve as the keynote speaker.

Ohio University will be represented at the conference by numerous faculty, staff and students. Executive Director of University Communications and Marketing Renea Morris, who is among the scheduled speakers, will represent Ohio University's executive leadership at the meeting. Fifteen Ohio University students, including many from the Amanda J. Cunningham Leadership Center, also will attend the conference.

The Interlink Alliance
includes: Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio; Hampton University in Hampton, Va.; Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C.; North Carolina Central University
in Durham, N.C.; Ohio University; South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, S.C.; Spelman College in Atlanta; Virginia State University in Petersburg, Va.; and Wilberforce University in Wilberforce, Ohio.

Member institutions have pledged to work cooperatively in three key areas: faculty development, student leadership and an African-American male/female initiative that engages and motivates
prospective college students as early as middle school.

Other desired outcomes of The Interlink Alliance are increasing the number of students earning graduate degrees, increasing campus diversity at all institutions, and sponsoring faculty and student exchanges that foster deeper understanding of cultural perspectives on educational policies, laws and resources.

For more information about The Interlink Alliance, contact Tyrone M. Carr, Ohio University Interlink Alliance director, at 740-597-1900 or carrt@ohio.edu.