Multicultural Youth Conference Offers Students Guidance for College

OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University will host the 17th Annual Multicultural Youth Conference Nov. 18 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Shepherd Union Building. This year’s theme is “Success is Our Culture.”

Designed for ethnic minority high school juniors interested in learning about WSU’s support services and accessing higher education, the conference offers workshops, and counseling and guidance programs to help students prepare for college.

“The idea for having the conference for juniors is to provide students with more personalized attention as they get ready for college and still include the importance of cultural identity and diversity,” said program coordinator Lindsay Beddes.

Conference sessions will include college readiness and preparation, leadership development, cultural and diversity awareness, financial aid and scholarship availability, and opportunities for students to meet current WSU student leaders. A mini college fair will take place during lunch, where students can learn more about specific areas of study and interact with WSU students and faculty in those areas.

Participants also will hear from Meg Johnson, founder and director of Ms. Wheelchair Utah and the conference’s keynote speaker.

In 2004, at the age of 22, Johnson fell from a cliff in southern Utah and broke her neck. She spent four months in the hospital recovering and returned home paralyzed, without the use of her legs, back, stomach and hands.

Following her accident and recovery, she has competed at the national Ms. Wheelchair America pageant and written three motivational books and one CD. She lives by the motto, “When life gets too hard to stand, just keep on rollin’.” She will speak to students about confronting obstacles that stand in the way of getting an education.

“Meg has gone on to accomplish many amazing things since her injuries, including completing her college education,” said Beddes. “She shares a unique and inspiring message about overcoming barriers.”

In addition to the conference, students and parents are invited and encouraged to attend “Come to Campus Night” from 6-8 p.m., where they can eat dinner, get information on admissions and financial aid processes, and become acquainted with representatives from WSU’s academic programs.

The conference registration fee is $10 per person, which includes a T-shirt, lunch, conference materials and the “Come to Campus Night.” Priority registration is until Nov. 11, but registrations will be accepted until all 250 spots are filled.

Many different schools and districts will be sponsoring students, check with a counselor or representative for available waivers.  To sign up, visit

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Lindsay Beddes, program coordinator
801-626-7006 •

Corie Holmes, office of Media Relations
801-626-7212 •