Office of Multicultural Affairs

Keynote: Kathryn A. Williams
The Power of One: Building a Commitment to Constructive Cooperation
Bowen Thompson Student Union Lenhart Ballroom

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.

New Perspectives of Black Power
Special Session 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 206

Kathryn Williams, Esq.

This session will explore ways of actualizing personal power in education, politics and business development by re-evaluating how we think of ourselves as a Black nation.

Concurrent Sessions I 10:30 - 11:20 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions II 11:30 - 12:20 p.m.

Social Change: The Power of One
10:30 - 11:20 a.m. BTSU 314
11:30 - 12:20 p.m. BTSU 314
Jammie Jelks

This workshop explores the Social Change Model of Leadership Develop and how it can be used to change our communities. Our communities are made up with groups of individuals who have beliefs, attitudes and values that shape our society. Based on our attitudes, values and beliefs is how we determine our actions. If our goal is to transform our dream of change into a reality, we must explore the roots of change, you and me.

Participants will:

  • Gain knowledge on the Social Change Model of Leadership and Values-Centered Leadership
  • Grasp an understanding on the change process
  • Explore values, their development and how they shape our lives
  • Make a commitment to action based on the change they hope to see in their family, communities, and society

Get Your Career Jump-started!
10:30 - 11:20 a.m. BTSU 315
11:30 - 12:20 p.m. BTSU 208
Randolph Nelson

This session will equip participants with basic skills and information that will make their future job searches more productive and fruitful. Participants will gain an excellent start in the challenging task of securing employment toward a gratifying career path that will facilitate them maintaining self-sufficiency. This workshop explores résumé, cover letter, and interview preparation.

Participants will:

  • Identify the three basic types of résumés including what should always be included and what should never be included in the documents
  • Have the basic framework for a quality cover letter
  • Learn basic interview preparation concepts

The Black Woman’s Path to the Ph.D.
10:30 - 11:20 a.m. BTSU 316
Panelists: Dr. Angela Nelson, Dr. Emily Monago,
Vivienne Felix and LaDonna Moore

This panel includes women who have attained and are currently on the path to attaining a Ph.D. Come get your questions answered about what it really takes to achieve the dream.

Be the Change You Want to See in the World: Becoming an Effective Leader
Participants will explore the essential elements of being an effective leader. Because leadership is a process, leaders must know themselves, how they best work with others, and their responsibility to the greater community.

Participants will:

  • Identify effective leadership characteristics
  • Connect personal values with their vision
  • Learn the importance of understanding self, working with others, and their responsibility to the greater community

Till Death Do Us Part
10:30 - 11:20 a.m. BTSU
James Jackson Sr. and Danyell Jackson

How do you find Mr. or Ms. Right in the 2013 dating game? How do you know if you are ready to settle down with just one person for the rest of your life? Why do 50% or more of marriages end in divorce? Come get your questions answered and more. Join in on this lively, personal and educational panel discussion and presentation about dating and marriage.

Participants will:

  • Gain a better understanding of their own love language
  • Increase knowledge of the benefits of being married
  • Learn who is marriage material and who is not

We Are Family: Just come to this session and see!
10:30 - 11:20 a.m. BTSU 201
11:30 - 12:20 p.m. BTSU 201
Tobias Spears

While the mainstream LGBT movement has made tremendous strides towards full inclusion, Black LGBT and same-gender-loving people still find themselves caught within the tension of white racism and Black homophobia. This discursive position has forced many Black queers to carve out spaces and create unique cultures of their very own. This has led to a positionality Black feminist scholar, Patricia Hill-Collins, calls the “outsider within.” In other words, Black queer folks have often maintained membership within white LGBT and Black communities while still remaining Othered in those very communities. This session attempts to start a dialogue about how to support Black LGBT and same-gender-loving people. What marks this program as unique is its culturally sensitive approach to understanding Black queer people who represent an amalgam of identities and experiences.

Participants will:

  • Be exposed to national organizations that work on behalf of Black LGBT and same-gender loving people
  • Learn about key debates and events that have shaped Black LGBT culture
  • Discover specific ways to be allies to Black LGBT and same-gender loving people

Mind Yo Business
11:30 - 12:20 p.m. BTSU 308
James Jackson Sr. and Alexandria Harris

Are you a corporation or non-profit enterprise waiting to happen? Have you ever considered starting your own company and being your own boss? In today's fast paced, information saturated market, how can you market your skills, talents and education to pay big bucks?

If you've ever wanted to be your own boss or start your own business come find out how to make your idea make dollars and sense. If you just want to make sure the education you've invested into opens the right doors for you to be successful come learn some keys to success and getting started.

Participants will:

  • Learn techniques for using easy and free resources to market their enterprises
  • Increase their ability to sell themselves, their product or get noticed by potential customers and clients
  • Discover how to develop and idea into a enterprise

Be the Change You Want to See in the World
11:30 - 12:20 p.m. BTSU 316
Becoming an Effective Leader
Center for Leadership’s Students Leadership Assistant

Luncheon and Keynote  12:30 - 1:50 p.m.

Closing Panel Discussion: Black Leaders Achieve More Through Collaborative Kinship  
2:15 - 3:30 p.m. BTSU 206

Our panel discussion will focus on the core of the conference theme “Unity” as it relates to NPHC and Black Student Organizations. With this in mind, we would like to draw upon the unique and diverse experiences of our panelists to stimulate student dialogue and intellectual engagement.

Nathaniel J. Young, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Clara L. Petty, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Dr. Angelo Brown, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc.
James Jackson, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Kathryn Williams, Esq., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
James C. Ragland, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.
Craig Smith, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.
Shai Collier, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.