USAO Leadership Academy to host Diversity 2.0 conference on Feb. 6

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USAO Leadership Academy to host Diversity 2.0 conference on Feb. 6


The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma will hold its annual Student Leadership Conference on Feb. 6 starting at 6:00 p.m. in Davis Hall. The theme of this year’s program is “Diversity 2.0” and focuses on understanding and embracing diversity in leadership.

Kendra Horn, a Chickasha native and Oklahoma 5th District candidate for Congress, will serve as the keynote speaker for the event. She is a professional mediator and executive director of Women Lead Oklahoma, a nonprofit dedicated to women’s empowerment, leadership and civic engagement. Previously, she served as press secretary for Congressman Brad Carson, led government affairs and communications for the Space Foundation, and practiced law. She has also managed political campaigns and served as executive director for Sally’s List, where she led a concerted effort to get more women to run for, and serve in, elected office in Oklahoma.

Horn is also active in her community, serving on the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women Advisory Board and helps develop the next generation of leaders by working with the NEW Leadership Program and American Legion Girls State.

USAO’s Student Leadership Conference provides students the opportunity to develop and refine their leadership skills, learn about critical issues, and network with other leaders on campus and in the community. The conference is free and open to all USAO students but students must register prior to the event at .

“Unlike many programs which involve outside organizations, current USAO students put together this conference for other students,” said Roland Nuñez, director of student development and Leadership Academy coordinator. “These students come from different organizations, different majors, different communities, and they all come together to create an enriching experience for the rest of the campus.”

Every year, a student-run committee organizes the conference with the sponsorship of USAO’s Student Services, Alumni Association, Leadership Academy, and President’s Leadership Council.

The USAO Leadership Academy is a three-tiered program of increasing responsibilities that enhances students’ leadership skills through various workshops, projects, networking and service learning opportunities. The program is typically completed in three years, though an expedited option exists for juniors, seniors and transfer students. In addition to being a great resume-builder, graduates from the academy have gained a plethora of leadership experiences that will help them excel through life after college.