LSU Multicultural Student Conference Pushed Attendees to Use ‘Passion and Power’ to Enact Change

11/15/2013 03:09 PM

BATON ROUGE – The LSU African American Cultural Center hosted its seventh annual Multicultural Student Leadership Conference, or MSLC, on Nov. 2 in the LSU Student Union.

The conference was free and open to all LSU undergraduate and graduate students and is the only leadership conference on campus that focuses on various components of diversity while incorporating leadership competency skill sets. Students from Southern University, Baton Rouge Community College and other surrounding schools across the state were also in attendance.

During the conference, participants were able to select from various engaging and interactive workshops to attend that not only enhanced their leadership skills, but also challenged their awareness in reference to a variety of areas of diversity.

Specialized conference tracks and session topics included: race and ethnicity; gender and sexuality; women in leadership; career development; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questing, or LGBTQ, alliances and allies; student-athlete leaders, profiling; and stereotypes and much more.

The second half of the conference featured a keynote address by Melissa Flournoy, the Louisiana state director for Planned Parenthood and chair of Louisiana Progress. Flournoy is a graduate of Hollins College and has a master’s degree from Columbia University. She received her Ph.D. from LSU. She previously served in the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1992 to 1996, and is the founder of the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations and the Louisiana Budget Project. Flournoy is also the former director of the RAND Gulf States Policy Institute. During her keynote address, she encouraged students to use their “passion and power” to create tangible change in both their campus and statewide communities.

“You all are this state’s next generation of leaders,” said Flournoy. “We can only hope that you’ll dedicate your time, talents and treasures to remain here and give back.”

MSLC was co-sponsored by the LSU Office of Multicultural Affairs, Student Government through the Programming Support Initiatives Fund, the LSU Women’s Center, the Cox Communications Academic Center for Student-Athletes and LSU Career Services.

Conference participants received complimentary breakfast and lunch, a conference t-shirt and a commemorative booklet.

For more information on the Multicultural Student Leadership Conference and other programs, contact the LSU African American Cultural Center at 225-578-1627 or

Billy  Gomila 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Friday, November 15, 2013