Seven students were chosen to attend the African American Student Leadership Experience (AASLE) Conference held January 7 to 10 in Washington, D.C. The students included, Sarah Kouadio, Cheryl Addae, Jasmine Kamole, Eman Kurtu, Obayi Khalid, Etienne Gbenoukpo and Abenzeer Taye.
The conference consisted of multiple keynote speakers, concurrent workshop sessions facilitated by higher education professionals and professional speakers, interactive events and networking opportunities. Loudoun Student Life Coordinator Tiffney Laing, who accompanied the students, believes that this type of opportunity for students is so important to students’ personal and professional growth.
During the conference, Loudoun students were grouped with students from other institutions and worked together to give a “Power Talk” on various topics including “Dare to be Authentic” and “Overcoming Fear.” These Power Talks presented by students were motivating and encouraging and allowed students to explore and discover themselves during the process.
The conference was a success, and the students are enthusiastic about using their additional knowledge to help make a positive impact on the Loudoun Campus and beyond.