Friday, April 11, 2008

Student Leadership Conference

4/12 Student Leadership Conference

Where? Baldwin Wallace College

Basheer Jones is a graduate of Martin Luther King High School in Cleveland, Ohio and a graduate of Morehouse College. Basheer was involved in many organizations, including the host of Jazzman’s CafĂ© and Search 4 DaTruuf Poetry Night. Basheer Jones is a published author of poetry, which he has been writing since the age of 11. He travels internationally reciting his poetry at schools, conventions, weddings, religious functions and the renowned Apollo Theatre. Basheer has won poetry slams around the country and has opened up for The Def Poetry Jam at Emory University located in Atlanta, GA. His poetry has won countless first place competitions, including the acclaimed Youth Pepsi Essence Award in 1999, where he was featured in Essence Magazine. Basheer has been saluted as one of Cleveland State Universality’s Great African American Men and Cleveland Life Magazine’s Twenty-Five leaders of Tomorrow. Basheer is the Host of the "Basheer Jones and Company Morning Show" of Radio-One Cleveland, which airs 6am-9am.

Dray Clark is a graduate of Chester High School Academy in Pennsylvania. He earned his bachelor's degree in English Communications at Lincoln University, the nation's first Historically Black University. Dray is currently the co-anchor of the 6 and 10 p.m. weekend editions of Fox 8 News. He joined the Fox 8 News in August of 2005. Prior to joining FOX 8, Dray worked as a reporter and weekend anchor with WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In 2004, Dray received an Emmy Award for his three-part series documenting a Michigan family's fight to save their children dying from a rare genetic disease. Dray has served as a mentor for children and he also volunteers as a tutor and teacher. Literacy is one of Dray's biggest passions. In grade school, Dray did not learn how to read proficiently until he was in the third grade. Like so many other children in urban school districts, he was mainstreamed without anyone really noticing. His mother hired a tutor to help him overcome his reading difficulties. Dray lives by the personal creed "Anything less than excellent is unacceptable."

Randell McShepard is the Vice President of Public Affairs for RPM International Inc., a Fortune 500 company based in Medina, Ohio. He attended Baldwin-Wallace College, where he received Bachelors Degree in Psychology and Communications. He also received a Masters Degree in Urban Studies from Cleveland State University. Mr. McShepard has earned many accolades including being recognized as “One to Watch” by Inside Business magazine in 2003, and being selected as the“2007 Black MBA of the Year”. He is a member of the 100 Black Men of Greater Cleveland and serves on the Board of Trustees at Baldwin-Wallace College. Mr. McShepard also serves as Secretary to the Policy Bridge organization (website:, a regional think tank formed to illuminate many of the social trends and public policies shaping the black community of Northeast Ohio.

Student Leadership Conference

April 12, 2008


Ronald Hill
10:00 am Sandstone #3

Session #1
10:20 – 11:10 am Sandstone #3

Basheer Jones

Session #2
11:10 – 12:00 pm Sandstone #3

Dray Clark
12:15 pm Colony Room

Randell McShepherd

Keynote Speaker - Multipurpose Rm

Session #3
1:30 – 2:45 pm Grindstone Room

“Man to Man”
Mentors will facilitate this session.
3:00 – 5:00 pm Rec Center

Open gym time to play basketball.

Mentors & students.

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