History & Mission
In 1989, innovative collegians at Texas A&M University produced a forum by which African American students in the southwest could assemble to address the problems and concerns that affected the Black community. The Southwestern Black Student Leadership Conference is held each January, uniting hundreds of students and advisors, nationally renowned speakers and a variety of corporations from throughout the entire country.
The conference presents a number of creative workshops that focus on related topics and develop strong leadership skills. SBSLC is dedicated to addressing and developing solutions to major issues as well as bringing a spirit of unity among students and leaders of all levels. In 1999, the Advanced Leadership Institute was developed to provide seasoned student leaders with an in depth leadership experience. In 2001, the Advanced Leadership Institute was renamed the Charles E. Williams II Advanced Leadership Institute.
Now in its 24th year, SBSLC has focused on themes such as “Utilizing the Light of the Past to Illuminate the Future,” “When Will Tomorrow Be Today,” and “Today’s Black Leaders: Our Hope for Tomorrow.” At the conference, distinguished speakers have used these themes to portray the importance of minority leadership in society. SBSLC has provided such notable guests as author and educator Michael Eric Dyson, psychologist Na’im Akbar, and Essence Magazine editor Susan Taylor to name a few.
January 16-19, 2014
Regular Registration: TBA
To register or log in as a school, workshop presenter, or career fair exhibitor, click the link below:
- Registration will open in September 2013
Special thanks to conference partner The United States Marine Corps!