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Students host Leadership Summit to address Social Justice Issues

St. Augustine students recently welcomed several special guests for a symposium designed to empower, encourage, and equip students with a platform to share their ideas and experiences with influential people and educators.

Joining the St. Augustine students on campus for the symposium were Erika McConduit, Louisiana Director at The Education Trust, Councilwoman Cyndi Nguyen - New Orleans City Council District E, Hashim Walters, the youngest mayoral candidate in last year's election, and Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough, President and CEO Dillard University.

The St. Augustine student government association (SGA) organized the event to spark conversation about social justice issues including awareness, leadership opportunities, and activism.

The symposium revealed more about what's on the minds of students than the viewpoints of the panelists. The students are concerned about the city's growing homeless population, racial justice, the high cost of a college education, global warming, women's equality, and access to health care. 

“In the national spotlight are questions about race, racial justice, about climate change and clean energy – these are questions about marginalization, disenfranchisement, and inequality,” said Kendall Crawford, St. Augustine SGA moderator. “We have all these flashpoints in the national dialogue. This makes it even more critical to have these conversations, to understand what the problems are and to encourage students to think of solutions that bring communities together.”

Planning team
Summit planning team: Malcolm Ferrouillet, Kameron Lewis, Rodrick Howard, Jaylon Cruse, Juan Hendon, Trey Causey, and Reggie Bartholomew. 

Admin and panelists

Student government members with panelists.