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News Release

PSC to Host Student Leadership Conference on Campus April 14 & 15


(Peru, Neb.) Peru State College (PSC) will host the Fourth Annual Student Leadership Conference titled Branching Out: Leadership, Diversity and Making a Difference on Wednesday, April 14 and Thursday, April 15. The conference was created to encourage and develop student leadership skills in a diverse environment.

Students from PSC as well as Chadron State College (CSC) and Wayne State College (WSC) will make presentations on a wide range of topics. Additionally, the conference will feature two keynote speakers, Quay Hanna and Amber Watson, who will address diversity and inclusion.

Hanna left his hometown of Strasburg, Penn., in 1993 to travel across America via bus. During his travels, Hanna was “forced to confront his own racist and prejudiced beliefs…” Upon his return to Strasburg, he began to reach out to his subculture- rural, white America - and to challenge racist beliefs as his were challenged on his trip.

In 1997 Quay published a book titled Bus America: Revelation of a Redneck and began telling his story to audiences around the country. Eleven years later, he is still entertaining and educating students on a daily basis.
Watson is a 2003 graduate of PSC and former Ms. Wheelchair Nebraska 2007. Watson, who was paralyzed from the waist down in a 2003 car accident, will talk about inclusion for those with disabilities and how to make a difference.

Following is schedule of events. All events are free, with the exception of meals, and open to the public.

Wednesday, April 14

4 p.m. - Conference Check-In, Student Center
5 p.m. - Presentation by PSC’s Black Student Union, CATS Conference Room
5-7 p.m. - Dinner, Student Center (cost is $5.50 per person)
7 p.m. - Opening Keynote Speaker Quay Hanna, Student Center Live Oak Room
9-11 p.m. - Pajama Jam Dance for all conference participants, Student Center

Thursday, April 15
7:30 a.m. - Breakfast, Student Center (cost is $4.50 per person)
9 a.m. - PRIDE Jeopardy (WSC PRIDE, CATS Conference Room
10 a.m. - Stages of Becoming (WSC PRIDE), CATS Conference Room
11 a.m. - Keynote Speaker Amber Watson, Hoyt Science Hall Room 105
Noon - Lunch, Student Union Cafeteria for students and Sherwood Gallery for Advisors.
Lunch is being provided free of charge for conference participants courtesy of the PSC  Black Student Union.
1 p.m. - WSC Student Presentation, CATS Conference Room
2 p.m. - Abolish the N-Word by Donovan Roy (WSC), College Theater
3 p.m. - International Students Presentation (CSC), CATS Conference Room
4 p.m. - Conference Service Project, (Part of the PSC Cares Inaugural Service Initiative), Locations Across Campus

For additional information, contact English Instructor and Black Student Union Advisor Kristi Nies at 402-872-2281 or