Event to discuss cultural awareness

The department of multicultural affairs will host the Multicultural Leadership Summit Saturday, March 25, to enhance cultural competency and understanding. The summit is not limited to Baylor and will have several keynote speakers and group discussions. Photo credit: Penelope Shirey

The Multicultural Leadership Summit is an event designed to enhance cultural competency in order to train people to lead and change the world. This year the Multicultural Leadership Summit will be held on Saturday, March 25 at Baylor.

The summit consists of several keynote speakers and breakout sessions where attendees work in groups and have discussions.

Assistant Director of Multicultural Affairs Geoffrey Griggs said the speakers touch on a variety of topics focused around cultural competency.

“They hope to help attendees enhance their cross-cultural competency and ability to work with people who are different from themselves. An additional goal is that individuals will gain a deeper understanding of the importance of a healthy ethnic identity,” Griggs said.

The summit is not limited to only Baylor students. Several other institutions and universities come to Baylor to attend the leadership summit.

According to the department of multicultural affairs, Baylor students can register for $15 beginning March 4 while regular registration is $25 through March 18. After March 19, prices go up to $30 for non-Baylor students. The summit usually hosts around 100 to 200 attendees.

“Students from all schools block out their schedule as this is a one-day conference that is also going to provide you with tools that will help you in today’s world,” Griggs said.

Griggs hopes that students will gain valuable life lessons that can help them in the future.

“My hope is that students will be able to see how important it is to attend conferences like this and learn about the differences in today’s society and what they can do as individuals to make it better,” Griggs said.

Houston sophomore and peer mentor Love Opuku Afrifa said she was interested in attending the multicultural leadership summit because she thinks it will provide valuable life lessons.

“Being educated on ways we can interact with other cultures and lead other cultures is extremely beneficial because of the power it has to change individual perspectives and promote cultural awareness and acceptance,” Afrifa said.

Afrifa said education on cultural awareness is very important and effective in any organization, which makes the summit worthwhile.