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Student NAACP Chapter Hosts Leadership Symposium

November 15, 2013 – Shaw University’s Student NAACP Chapter hosted the "The 21st Century Leader," a symposium focused on how to be a successful leader in the 21st century. The symposium, held in the Talbert O. Shaw Living and Learning Center on Shaw’s campus, featured keynote speaker Dr. Scott Ralls, president of the North Carolina Community College System. In addition, a panel including student leaders, local business leaders and educators were also a part of the symposium. The panel discussed topics such as financial preparation and achieving professional degrees.

Dr. Ralls, who currently serves as the 17th president of the NC Community College System, shared his thoughts on how to become and remain a successful leader. When asked the question, "What words would you give to a young leader?" he replied with a very simple answer, "Stay encouraged because it’s harder now than ever to be successful.” He also explained the importance of not giving up too quickly and staying focused on the "mission at hand."

Each panelist had the opportunity to describe and explain how he or she felt about leadership and what it meant to be successful.  Laci Ollison, a student leader at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, explained that knowing how to communicate effectively was a “major factor in being a successful leader.” Sherod Johnson, a senior at Shaw said, “I definitely learned a lot about leadership and how to better aim for my success in life.” 

The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination. The student chapter hopes to host additional symposiums next semester.

This story was written by Khloe Washington.