Student NAACP Chapter Hosts Leadership
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.
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."
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.”
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.