Office of Multicultural Affairs

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What is Black Issues Conference:
    The Black Issues Conference (BIC) is a diversity initiative sponsored by the Black Student Union and the Office of Multicultural Affairs at BGSU.  The conference will serve as a catalyst in the educational process of the entire campus and community. It provides an opportunity to learn about and address key issues that affect the African-American/Black community. It is expected that students, staff, faculty, administrators, and community members will attend the conference in support of BGSU’s core values of “Respect for one another, cooperation, intellectual, and spiritual growth, creative imaginings and pride in a job well done.”  The conference provides a forum for discussion, dialogue, and research presentation. Each year the BIC has attracted participants from throughout Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana.


Keynote Speaker:
     Attorney Walter Madison is a graduate of The University of Akron School of Law, and is a solo practitioner who concentrates in the area of criminal defense and civil rights litigation.  Currently, he serves as the President of the Board of Trustees of The Akron Law Alumni Association, Foundation Board member of the Akron Bar Association, Board Member of The Akron Law Library Association, and District Counselor of The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated.  Attorney Madison has successfully handled many highprofile cases in Summit County and Ohio. Some of those cases have garnered the attention of international media such as CNN, Court TV, Larry King, The Montell Williams Show, ProSabian TV (Germany) and Dateline NBC.

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