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Students Learn Leadership at Conference

College-Bound Students Learn About Leadership at Weekend Conference

Program designed to motivate students from disadvantaged backgrounds

(March 1, 2007)

RIVERSIDE, CA -- ( -- Four hundred college-bound students chosen for their leadership potential will gather at UC Riverside on Saturday, March 3, 2007 for the Southern California Western Association of Educational Opportunity Personnel (WESTOP) Student Leadership Conference.

Many of the students are from low-income families and are the first in their families to attend college or university. Some are from local high schools including North High, Rubidoux High, Norte Vista and Moreno Valley High in the Riverside area but also from schools in Banning, Beaumont, Hemet and San Bernardino. Others attending the conference will come from as far away as Santa Barbara and San Diego.

The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education’s TRiO programs, which are educational opportunity outreach programs designed to motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds. They include Upward Bound, Educational Talent Search and Student Support Services.

During the day-long conference, students will learn about various styles of leadership, as well as how to effectively utilize their own personal brand of leadership in making positive impacts in their schools, their families, and their communities. Interactive workshops and presentations will be led by a diverse group of community leaders, TRiO personnel, UCR staff members, and undergraduate students that have displayed strong leadership abilities. A keynote address will be delivered by Edward Bush, dean of student services at RCC Norco.

In addition to developing leadership skills, participants will be able to network with students from other schools and have a chance to tour the UCR campus with student ambassadors.

The event is hosted by UC Riverside’s Office of TRiO Programs.


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