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AAMI Students Selected to Attend Leadership Seminar

October 01, 2013

Kaleb Higgenbotham  
Kaleb Higgenbotham

Hugh Scott  
Hugh Scott

Two members of St. Louis Community College’s African- American Male Initiative have been selected to attend the 2013 Men of Color Student Leadership Institute in Pittsburgh on Oct. 17-20.

Hugh Scott,  a student at the Forest Park campus majoring in human services, and Kaleb Higgenbotham, a student at Florissant Valley majoring in general transfer studies, will participate in this intensive leadership seminar.

The conference is sponsored by the Presidents’ Roundtable, an organization of African-American community college presidents, for selected men enrolled in one of the minority male programs across the country. They sponsor the Minority Male Institute.

Scott and Higgenbotham are among 50 participants selected from more than 23 community colleges and districts in the United States. They were chosen based on academic merit, civic engagement, recommendations and a personal essay.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Man-Up: Educating Minority Males for Leadership and Service."

Institute topics, presented by leaders in education and business, include leadership development in college completion and career readiness, entrepreneurship, self-image, personal health and wellness, financial literacy, parenting and relationships. 

“This is an excellent opportunity for our students to be part of, and St. Louis Community College will be represented by two outstanding students from our campuses,” said Genesis Steele, AAMI's interim director.

The AAMI has been located on two campuses – Forest Park and Florissant Valley -- since 2009. It was started to help with retention, academic achievement levels, and persistence rates of African-American males in college, and to enhance the in-depth understanding and focus among faculty members and staff regarding the array of challenges faced by African-American males.

For more information, contact Genesis Steele at 314-951-9519 (Forest Park) or 314-513-4754 (Florissant Valley) or by email at gsteele@stlcc.edu.

The AAMI-Forest Park office is located in F-Tower, Room 223, and AAMI-Florissant Valley office in the Administration Building, Room 112.