Multicultural Youth Conference Targets Minority High School Students

December 21, 2004

OGDEN, Utah – Junior and senior minority students from Utah high schools are invited to attend Weber State University's annual Multicultural Youth Conference, Jan. 7 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Shepherd Union Ballroom. The event will conclude with a banquet for the students and their parents, held at
6 p.m.

The conference features presentations and workshops on college preparation, admissions, scholarships and financial aid, designed to make higher education more accessible for students who may not be considering a college education.

Event organizers say the annual conference is very effective for recruiting minority students to WSU. Last year's conference attracted more than 450 students, including Native American students from Blanding, Utah.

"Our mission in holding this event is to tell multicultural students that earning a college education is possible," said Ruth Stubbs, a Multicultural Student counselor at WSU and event coordinator. "Many of these students come from cultures or socio-economic backgrounds where they don't believe they can pursue a college education. We not only tell them they can, but here are the steps to do it."

The day culminates with a banquet featuring a keynote address by South Ogden Mayor George Garwood and scholarships being awarded to some of the conference participants. Stubbs said having parents attend the evening banquet is important.

"If mom and dad learn more about these opportunities, they help reinforce the importance of getting an education," Stubbs said.

The conference costs $10 per student. For more information about the conference, students are encouraged to contact their high school guidance counselor or call 801-626-7330. The event is sponsored by WSU's Services for Multicultural Students and the Ogden City School District.

Contact:

Coleen Sheehan, Services for Multicultural Students
801-626-7330 · csheehan@weber.edu

Author:
John Kowalewski, director of Media Relations
801-626-7212 · jkowalewski@weber.edu