NSU Hosts Timely Multicultural Event
Northeastern State University is hosting the third-annual
Restoring Our Community Kinship (ROCK) Student Leadership Conference November
1 - 3, 2001 in Tahlequah. ROCK symbolizes the commonality of the human
experience and the recognition that shared experiences between diverse
populations can create a solid foundation for student success. The ROCK
Student Leadership Conference is a partnered program that addresses the
retention of diverse student populations.
Representatives from two Oklahoma universities and a private
college in Texas collaborated in the creation of ROCK. The conference
offers innovative training and support to campus leaders from varied racial
and ethnic backgrounds that can be translated among all student populations
within their respective universities or colleges and surrounding communities.
The conference consists of workshops, speakers, student forums, and innovative
training for student participants. ROCK provides student leaders and student
scholars with the opportunity to address multi-cultural issues through
dialogue and collaboration.
Attendees are a mixture of students of color, international
students, student government, and Greek leadership, and students with
an interest in diversity issues along with multicultural affairs directors,
student affairs officers, housing and support services staff and faculty
"ROCK participants will meet to discuss different approaches
an innovative ideas concerning diversity issues," said Jan Smith
Clayton, assistant to the Dean of Student Affairs at NSU and conference
advisor. "We hope that everyone will be able to take many ideas and
solutions back to their own campuses. This is a very timely conference
as everyone in the United States has begun to explore diversity."
Representatives are participating in three days of multicultural
workshops led by Ms. Wilma Mankiller, former principal chief of the Cherokee
Nation of Oklahoma; Mr. Robert N. Page, Jr., the founder of the Black
Greek Leadership Conference, the Symposium for the Recruitment and Retention
of Students of Color, and the Minority & Friends Network at the Oshkosh
Placement Exchange; Dr. Harold Aldridge, emeritus professor of psychology
from Northeastern State University; and Dr. Li Gaoqiang, visiting professor
from the Water Conservancy Special School in Zhengshou city located in
North Central China.
Approximately 75 participants from Tulsa University, Southeastern
Oklahoma State University, Bacone College, Southwestern Oklahoma State
University, Cameron University, Austin University in Sherman, Texas, and
Northeastern State University joined the ROCK leadership conference.
The conference will conclude with awards given to participants
in the categories of academic achievement, community service, student
leadership, all-around ROCK, outstanding faculty, and outstanding professional.
The ROCK Council is made up of student representatives from
each of the participating institutions. Representatives are generally
selected at the conclusion of each annual conference. These students work
with their respective campus sponsors and the council to plan and implement
the ROCK conference. This is accomplished through meetings, web interaction,
and committee assignments. Membership on the ROCK Council is not exclusive
to the founding schools. Any college or university wishing to become officially
involved with the planning council should send a letter of interest to
the institution hosting the upcoming conference.
For more information, please contact Ms. Jan Smith-Clayton
at the NSU Office for Student Affairs at (918) 456-5511, ext. 2120.