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The American Multicultural Student Leadership Conference was awarded $45,000 to provide multicultural students with an opportunity to present research and create networks across the University of Wisconsin System and private schools within the state.
David Gregorio Fleitas, program coordinator of Hispanic/Latino academic and student services at UW-Eau Claire, collaborated on the grant.
The money for the grant was provided by SC Johnson Inc. of Racine and helped cover the costs of this year's student leadership conference.
Twenty-seven UW-Eau Claire students, along with three professors, attended the conference, which was held April 7-9 in Milwaukee. They presented papers and research on various topics, such as academics, business, literature, arts and creative writing. Money from the grant also helped provide scholarships, which were awarded to the students with the best presentations. Although no UW-Eau Claire students received awards this year, Fleitas is optimistic for next year's conference.
"Next year we'll sweep," he said.
At the conference, students not only presented their papers but also were recruited for internships and job openings through a career and graduate school fair. They also participated in leadership workshops and had the opportunity to meet other Wisconsin students with similar interests.
"(The students) were able to solicit internships and jobs, present and hear student research, hear some of the best speakers in the circuit and boogie at a student dance," he said.
Fleitas said that SC Johnson's involvement in this grant will benefit the company greatly.
"I'm very glad that SC Johnson was able to see a win-win," he said. "They are going to be assured that the caliber of people they will be hiring will be appropriately prepared."
Fleitas said that it is important to try to secure money from a private organization because universities are being asked to do more and more with less money. This grant will help multicultural students greatly in that they will create networks with students across the state. The grant will provide students with opportunities for personal growth as well as experience in job interviews and in resume preparation.
Students who were selected to attend the conference maintained a high grade-point average and demonstrated leadership skills within the UW System through classwork, faculty/student research and/or leadership involvement in various student organizations.
"Students who have motivated themselves to succeed at Eau Claire now have the opportunity to network and share their ideas with other students," Fleitas said.
Overall, this year's conference went well and Fleitas is looking forward to next year's conference, which will be held at UW-Whitewater. Fleitas will be the faculty/staff chair for the 2002 conference to be held in Eau Claire.
"The conference was a great success," Fleitas said. "Wonderful national speakers presented and student presentations were very professional. SC Johnson was visibly impressed."
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: April 26, 2000