Student-leaders from Wiley College and numerous other colleges and universities will spend three days on Wiley's campus, January 26-28, engaged in workshops and activities designed to enhance ethics, morality, and leadership characteristics, as part of the school's Eleventh Annual Ethical Student Leadership Conference(ESLC). The theme for this year's event is "Ethics, Character and Faith – A Winning Formula."
Wiley will kick off its conference Thursday with the President's Spring Convocation, which will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Julius S. Scott Sr. Chapel. The speaker for convocation will be Dr. Tashni-Ann Dubroy, president of Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Session topics during the conference include "Christ, Commitment and Community," which will be discussed during a prayer breakfast Friday morning that will be led by the Rev. Dr. Timothy Moore, Director of Collegiate Ministry Resources and Training for the Division of Higher Education of the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church. A session on "Ethics, Character and Faith in Leadership Development," will be discussed mid-morning on Friday by a panel of college presidents and administrators, including Bart Day, Provost of Texas Sate Technical College of Marshall; Dr. Edward Bush, President of Cosumnes River College of Sacramento, California; Dr. Robert Garza, president of Mountain View College of the Dallas County Community College District; and Dr. Perry Ward, president of Lawson State Community College of Birmingham,Alabama; Ward will serve as the moderator.
Other conference sessions include "Black Leadership Matters," which will be led Friday afternoon by Brian Favors, an educatuional consultant with Breaking the Cycle Consulting Services of Brooklyn, New York; and "Dealing with Black and Brown Issues," which will be led Saturday morning by attorneys Shawnda Parker of Longview, Texas; Edgar Saldivar of the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas; and Lurie Daniel Favors of Breaking the Cycle Consulting Services.
A graduate school fair will also be held Saturday during the conference. It will begin at 11 a.m. in the Freeman P. and Carrie E. Hodge Center and will feature representatives from East Texas Baptist University, Alabama A & M Universitty, Grambling State University, Sam Houston State University, the University of North Texas, and the University of North Texas at Arlington.
Colleges sending students to attend the conference include Texas College of Tyler, Texas; Texas State Technical College of Marshall,Texas; Jarvis Christian College of Hawkins,Texas; Lawson State Community College of Birmingham,Alabama; Houston Tillotson University of Austin; Southwestern Christian College of Terrell,Texas; and Paul Quinn College of Dallas.
Students from Marshall Senior High School and the Karnack Independent School District Middle School will also attend the conference.
A closing luncheon will he held Saturday at 12:30 p.m. that will feature a keynote address on "The Soul of Philanthropy," by Thomas Joyner Jr., president and CEO of the Tom Joyner Foundation.
The Ethical Student Leadership Conference is the cornerstone of Wiley's Center for Excellence in Student Leadership, which endeavors to develop Christian Leaders who are able to think critically, act responsibly as citizens, and be open-minded and grounded in the decisions they will make.