Register for UToledo Conference for Aspiring Minority Youth Jan.
former senior advisor to the Obama administration, and
Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, will speak
at The University of Toledo’s 37th annual Conference for
Aspiring Minority Youth. Advance registration for the free,
public conference is required.
This year Toledo Excel, a longtime scholarship incentive
program at UToledo, partnered with Owens Corning
to offer the free event at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021
for seventh- and eighth-graders, high school students and
parents. The event is virtual because of the
“Owens Corning was one of the original corporate supporters
for Toledo Excel when we were founded 32 years ago. I could not
be happier about us renewing our relationship in 2020,” said
David Young, director of Toledo Excel and Special Projects.
“Their generous gift allows us to take an already successful
conference to the next level. The quality of speakers and
programming we can now offer students and the Toledo community
is extremely exciting. We would be excited to have one of them
and are greatly blessed to have both.”
Owens Corning donated $50,000 to support the conference.
“Owens Corning is fully committed to joining with our other
community stakeholders to accelerate Toledo’s journey to be an
inclusive, thriving community of excellence that achieves equity
and justice for everyone,” said Leah Maguire, vice
president of inclusion and diversity at Owens Corning.
“One of the critical paths on that journey will always be
education, investing in our young people and supporting the
goals of vital organizations like Toledo Excel.”
Established in 1988, Toledo Excel helps underrepresented
students, including African, Asian, Hispanic, and Native
Americans, achieve success in college. Through summer
institutes, academic retreat weekends, campus visits and
guidance through the admission process, students increase their
self-esteem, cultural awareness and civic involvement.
This year’s speakers have connections to two through lines of
2020: politics and race.
Jarrett is a senior distinguished fellow at the University of
Chicago Law School and a senior advisor to the Obama Foundation.
She serves as board chair of When We All Vote and co-chair of
The United State of Women. Her New York Times bestselling
memoir, “Finding My Voice: When the Perfect Plan Crumbles, the
Adventure Begins,” was published last year.
Ms. Jarrett served as the chief executive officer of The Habitat
Company, chairman and chief executive officer of the Chicago
Stock Exchange, chairman of the Chicago Transit Board, deputy
chief of staff for Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, and practiced
corporate, real estate and finance law for 10 years.
“Politics is very much on the mind of this nation with 2020
seeing such hotly contested races,” Young said. “Ms. Jarrett,
with her wealth of experience as senior advisor to President
Obama for eight years, is a perfect voice in this climate. She
also has a passion for strengthening communities.”
Ms. Fulton has dedicated her life to transforming family tragedy
into social change since her 17-year old-son Trayvon Martin
was shot by George Zimmerman in 2012. Her book co-authored with
Tracy Martin, “Rest in Power: The Enduring Life of Trayvon
Martin,” shares the story of her son’s life and the rise of a
movement that awoke a nation’s conscience.
Ms. Fulton worked for the Miami-Dade County Housing Development
Agency for more than 25 years. A Miami native, Fulton graduated
from Florida Memorial University, where she earned a bachelor's
degree in English.
“The tragedy Sybrina Fulton faced with the murder of her son
Trayvon Martin is unfortunately the reality mothers in our
community have faced at an alarming rate,” Young said. “Many of
the students who will be in attendance have lost brothers or
sisters, cousins, friends and classmates. Ms. Fulton can speak
to that pain and, of course, the questions about race and its
role in her son's death and the aftermath.”
National recording artist Isaiah Templeton is recording a
special performance of his hit single "Everything Will Be
Alright" for the conference.
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