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Upward Bound students to attend development conference

ATHENS, Ohio (April 13, 2005) -- Ohio University's College of Education and the Upward Bound program have collaborated to host a professional/personal development conference for more than 100 Ohio University and Washington State Community College Upward Bound students.

The conference, titled "Nia: Building Future Leaders, Manifesting Excellence," will be hosted Saturday, April 16, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Walter Hall Rotunda and Grover Center.

The conference will expose students to the diverse experiences and opportunities offered by colleges and careers while encouraging and guiding them to use and explore educational resources. "Nia" will focus on two broad areas - first, college and career opportunities, and second, personal development.

The keynote speaker will be Omekongo Dibinga, spoken word artist, educator, author, activist and Founder/CEO of Free Your Mind Publishing. Dibinga's keynote speech, "Attaining Academic Success Despite All Obstacles," will encourage students to stay focused toward academic excellence through the sharing of Dibinga's own life experiences and poetic talents. Dibinga works to develop programs that focus on building the bridge between Africans throughout the diaspora and helping to improve cultural understanding among all races.

Some conference sessions include: "College majors and careers: How to decide what's best for you;" "How do you learn best? Exploring your learning style to improve your learning;" "Hip Hop the new Minstrel;" and "Calling all students: Health care needs in underserved communities."

For additional information, please contact Ayanna M. Jordan, Upward Bound director, at (740) 593-0728, or Marie Robinson, minority recruitment and retention programs coordinator, at (740) 597-1946.

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Media Contacts: Upward Bound Director Ayanna M. Jordan, (740) 593-0728 or jordana@ohio.edu

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