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SDSU slates Aztec Leadership Conference

April 20, 2001|By KELLY GRANT, Staff Writer

CALEXICO — San Diego State University-Imperial Valley campus' Associated Student Council will host its first Aztec Leadership Conference for local high school students May 5.

The event will offer sessions on the topics of becoming an effective leadership officer, self-empowerment as a leader and teamwork.

The conference, which organizers hope will become an annual event, is open to any interested high school student in the Imperial Valley, said Yulil Alonso-Garza, ASC president at SDSU-IVC.

Junior high students may also register, though it will be at the discretion of the ASC due to differing maturity levels between junior high and high school students, Alonso-Garza said.

Registration costs are $10 for individuals and $150 for a group of 20 students. The deadline for pre-registration is Tuesday, although participants may also register on-site the day of the event.


Alonso-Garza encourages any interested high school student to attend, particularly newly-elected student body officers.

"We want to connect with them and make them feel comfortable," Alonso-Garza said.

SDSU-IVC ASC members will lead the sessions, as opposed to professional leadership speakers.

"A lot of these kids feel the professionals are too far away," Alonso-Garza said.

ASC members are closer in age to high school students and are doing the same kind of leadership activities, just at a higher educational level, Alonso-Garza said.

Alonso-Garza said the ASC hopes high school ASB members will feel comfortable contacting them and asking questions even after the conference is over.

"It's good to reach out to the future leaders of the university and community," Alonso-Garza said.

"We want to prepare them to be effective leaders," she added.

Participants will receive lunch, a T-shirt and leadership materials.

Those wishing to register or ask questions can call the ASC offices at 768-5518 or 768-5621.

Staff Writer Kelly Grant can be reached at 337-3441.

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