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McLaurin and Lewis Leadership Weekend

“The conference was a very influential experience I’ve had the pleasure of having. It was the first time in my life I was surrounded by that many African Americans that were excited to further their education. It showed me that if I kept working toward my goals that I could someday be an influential African American like some of the members of the conference. It also helped me develop relationships with some individuals that have helped me progress through my first year of college. Overall the conference put college and the University of Oklahoma into realistic perspective that helped me pave my way into the University. The members of the conference showed respect, kindness, and appreciation which made it easy to feel comfortable walking around a PWI. Most people don’t experience the pressures that members of the African American community do, and being around some many well-rounded African American relieved a lot of this pressure. I was able to ease my nerves and concentrate on taking in the valuable information presented at the conference. I was taught key things that most high school students don’t know about college like the importance of networking, involvement, and resume building. If nothing else, I left the conference with many different friends that will continuously help/encourage me to reach my goals and continue my journey at the University of Oklahoma.”

- Keegan Fabri, business entrepreneurship major from Oklahoma City

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MLLC Students


“This conference ultimately convinced me to come to the University of Oklahoma. After MLLC, I knew that I would have people and a community that would look after me and help me succeed in college. The staff and students at the conference were interested in seeing me do well at OU and made me feel wanted during those short two and a half days. Seeing people that looked like me and not having to hide part of my identity made the university feel more like home. Not only did the conference make OU seem so much more welcoming, but this conference helped make OU more of a financial reality for me with the scholarships that they awarded. Without this conference, I’m not sure that I would be at OU. And after the time I’ve spent here so far, I couldn’t be more glad that I landed at this university. I have to thank MLLC for that.”

- Devin Brown, psychology and chemical biosciences double major from San Antonio

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“The conference was one of the highlights of my senior year and was honestly the deciding factor for me to go to OU. Before the conference, OU was always an option for me, but I couldn’t see myself going out of fear of not being connected on campus and being treated like another number by the administration. However, at the conference, I met a lot of people that were not only upperclassmen but also members of my class that showed me it’s not hard to get involved in this community. The year I went to the conference there was a workshop on 'How to Thrive as a Black Student at a PWI,' and honestly, it is something that I think about and consider very often as I navigate my way through campus and becoming involved in various student organizations making my mark. Going to the conference made OU feel less like a house and more like a home knowing that I had a family here to welcome me with open arms when I arrived.”

- Jasmine Burrell, chemical engineering major from Houston

MLLC Students
MLLC Students