STU Student Leaders Host Dr. Steve Perry at Leadership Symposium

STU student leaders were the proud host of Dr. Steve Perry, a nationally known speaker, on Wednesday, April 9th, as the culminating presenter in the 2013-2014 Student Leadership Series.  As the founder of the nationally recognized Capital Preparatory Magnet School in Hartford, Connecticut, Dr. Perry expressed his view that leaders are defined by the actions that they take, and not just the thoughts that they have. He challenged the attendees to become better leaders by examining their inner passions and first becoming a leader to themselves and making their passions reality.  His dynamic examples of how leaders can be hampered by their own views on diversity challenged students to think more deeply about their definitions of cultural diversity. Although Dr. Perry is very well educated, he relayed his own difficult journey of overcoming physical and mental poverty as the son of a teenaged mom living in the housing projects of Middletown, Connecticut, and how his upbringing continues to color his perspective on the world. He credits his relationships with such famous people as Oprah Winfrey, Sean Combs, and others as a result of his personal leadership to follow his passion to work with underprivileged children. Dr. Perry’s impartation gave a clear definition of leaders as agents of change charged with helping others travel from where they are to where they want to be regardless of personal obstacles.

STU’s Student Leaders began their quest to become better leaders in the fall of 2013 by organizing and attending a three day intensive leadership focus program called, “Collegiate Ignition.”  Students then attended additional sessions throughout the year entitled Leadership Means Giving Back, Mapping Your Success, and Let’s Celebrate Diversity. Each of the sessions throughout the academic year provided students with tools they can use to build their personal leadership banks and to assist their peers in making positive change.