A number of alumni shared their perspectives during the annual
Black Knowledge Conference, sponsored by Concerned Black
Students and titled "Striving Toward Success," Feb. 24.
Ryan Gresham '03, linebackers coach for the Wittenberg
football team, opened the conference with tips on performing
well academically on a predominantly white campus. Shakeer
Abdullah '99, director of multicultural affairs at Capital
University's School of Law, discussed the social aspects of such
a campus and encouraged conference participants to try things
they aren't used to as a way to expand their world view.
Other conference activities included a Career Development
Workshop led by Stephen Pope '03, Wendy Ford '76 and
Latesha Clay '06, and a panel discussion titled "Our Image: The
Black Brother, The Black Sister, The Black Bond," led by Erik
Larkin '09, Kiara Heidenreich '10, Lamarr Lewis '05 and Mabel
Jackson, associate professor emeritus of English. Topics included
Barack Obama's candidacy for president, the role of the black
family and media portrayals of African Americans.