Thursday, February 28, 2013
Contact: Mary Clark, Office of Multicultural Affairs 304-696-5852

Marshall to welcome leadership conference for young men March 7

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall University’s Office of Multicultural Affairs will cosponsor a new leadership conference for young men in grades 7 through 12 next week. It will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 7, in the Memorial Student Center on the university’s Huntington campus.

Dr. Shari Clarke, vice president of multicultural affairs at Marshall, said the university is working with the Huntington Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. to present the E.M.B.O.D.I. (Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence) Male Leadership Conference.

“Data suggest that a great many young males, particularly those of African American, multicultural or ethnically diverse descent, are not reaching their fullest potential,” Clarke said. “This program is one way we are taking action to address the needs of these young men.”

Using a half-day format, the participants will learn about topics such as self-esteem, relationships, healthy living, money management, life after high school, career exploration and leaderships. In addition, they will get a chance to meet and interact with male campus and community leaders.

The students applied for the program through their school counselors, and were notified of their selection by letter. About 75 students are expected to attend.

For further information, contact Mary Clark, program director in the office of multicultural affairs, by phone at 304-696-5852 or by e-mail at

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