Beginning today, KU will be hosting the first Big 12 conference on recruiting and retaining minority students.
Attracting and keeping minority students is the focus of a conference that will draw representatives from universities throughout the Midwest to Kansas University beginning today.
"Connecting the Circle'' will bring participants from all of the Big 12 Conference schools plus Midwest research institutions.
The event is free to the public.
"This is a first for Big 12 representatives -- to meet concerning recruitment and retainment of graduate and undergraduate minority students," said John Augusto, KU assistant dean of the graduate school. "The symposium will provide a good opportunity for faculty involved in recruitment to learn about exchange strategies, techniques and ideas.''
Today's activities will be reserved mostly for social events. The conference will officially begin at 8:15 a.m. Friday in Woodruff Auditorium in the Kansas Union.
Gloria De Leon, executive vice president of the National Hispanic Institute, will follow Hemenway with a presentation about recruiting minority students to mostly white campuses. Breakout sessions will follow.
At 12:30 p.m., the lunchtime speaker will be Ishmail Conway, assistant dean and director of the Cultural Center at the University of Virginia. Additional breakout sessions will follow until 3 p.m.
During a banquet scheduled between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., Dan Wildcat, professor of sociology and American Indian Studies at Haskell Indian Nations University, will be the featured speaker.
KU faculty members may attend the morning and afternoon sessions at no cost but must first complete a registration form. Forms are available in the admissions office and in the graduate school office in Strong Hall. Registration will be from 7:30 to 8 a.m. Friday, in the Kansas Union.
Workshop sessions will be conducted by representatives of Oklahoma State University, University of Minnesota, University of Michigan and American University, among others.
For more information contact Augusto, 864-7234, or Robert Page Jr., KU assistant director of admissions, 864-5416.
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