Student leaders from Jackson State University were elected ‘most impressive,’ by their peers, at the 22nd Annual Student Leadership Institute hosted by the National Association of Student Affairs Professionals (NASAP) and Savannah State University May 30 – June 4.
Scholars from over 50 HBCUs, throughout the country, attended the institute and nominated JSU to receive NASAP’s highest honor. Appearance, conduct and professionalism are all considerations for the award.“As a member of the JSU family, I am extremely proud of the students and advisers who attended the NASAP conference. Their hard work and dedication is an indication of what can be done when we work together,” said Dr. Susan Powell, associate vice president for student affairs.
Founded in 1954 in Washington D.C., NASAP is a professional organization dedicated to promoting excellence in student affairs.
During the six-day conference, participants attend various workshops that focus on developing resourceful solutions to higher education problems that student leaders are likely to encounter.
LaCurtis Powell, student government association (SGA) president, was named most congenial and picked to serve as the director of legal affairs for the National Consortium of Historically Black Colleges and Universities of Student Government Association Presidents.
“It made me feel great that I can represent JSU to the best of my ability,” said LaCurtis (no relation to Dr. Susan Powell). The upcoming senior has served in various SGA positions since his freshman year and could be considered a veteran of the association.
Due to his previous problem-solving experiences at JSU, LaCurtis believes that he will be impactful in his director role helping HBCUs find amicable resolutions to issues they may encounter today.
Michael Ware, president of the campus activity board, was elated by JSU’s “most impressive” citation.
“Being able to share the JSU Pride with other historical black colleges and universities was truly amazing,” he said.
Ware explained that as future alumni and leaders, “we need to cherish our universities” and lay the groundwork for students who will be enrolled “5, 10 and 20 years from now.”
The annual institute is a forum for professional growth and development for all who are involved in or work with students in the student affairs profession and is open to professionals in higher education in general and the nation’s business industry.
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