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LU hosts Student Leadership Conference

The Lamar University Department of Student Development and Leadership will host the first Student Leadership Conference in the Setzer Student Center on Saturday, Feb. 1.  The conference is available to all students at no charge. 

“It is important to foster leadership among young people because they are the new and incoming standard bearers for the future, and we should be in the process of preparing them now,” said Vernon Durden, president of the LU Alumni Advisory Board. “The earlier they accept their role, the more time they will have to master it.”

Meant to help create leaders on campus, the Student Leadership Conference is a combination of three previous Lamar conferences: the Women’s Empowerment Conference, the Men’s Empowerment Conference, and the Leadership Lamar Conference. The Student Leadership Conference is also the first Lamar conference to welcome presenters from not only the whole campus but from the greater Beaumont community as well.

“This is the direction that President Evans wants to go with Lamar—to have collaboration not only with the Lamar community but with the community at large,” said Cynthia Parra, assistant director of the student development and leadership department.

Students and presenters will check in and have breakfast from 8-9 a.m. in the Setzer Center Arbor. Durden will deliver the keynote speech at 9 a.m. in the Setzer Center Ballroom. The students may then attend a series of presentations beginning at 10 a.m. The conference will conclude with lunch from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. in the Setzer Center Ballroom.

The 14 presentations are split into two sessions. Session A will last from 10-10:30 a.m. and session B will last from 10:45-11:15 a.m. The presentations cover many topics and are separated into four categories: leadership, emerging leaders, men’s empowerment and women’s empowerment.

“Students can pick and choose which presentations to attend,” Parra said. “This conference is a unique opportunity for students.”

For more information, contact Cynthia Parra at