FVSU students to attend Thurgood Marshall conference

August 22, 2012 – This fall, 14 Fort Valley State University students will take a trip of a lifetime to the city that never sleeps to attend one of the nation’s largest leadership conferences for HBCU students.

While FVSU football fans head to Atlanta to watch the Wildcats battle againstMorehouse on Oct. 27, these scholars will be at the 12th Annual Thurgood Marshall Leadership Institute and Recruitment Fair. From Oct. 26-30 in New York City, the country’s top African-American executives will provide FVSU youth leadership training, career management and life skills designed to prepare them for lucrative corporate jobs.

The program’s threefold mission is to boost retention and graduation rates of African-American students, to shape young people into leaders, and create a pipeline of highly-qualified students for employers.

“We have such genius talent at FVSU, but a lot of people downplay it to appease others,” says Amber Nicole Williams, one of the students selected for this year’s conference.

The 21-year-old Columbus, Ga. native is a senior earning a 3.6 GPA while majoring in mass communications. She currently serves on FVSU’s public relations committee, Student Government Association, Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society, and has made the dean’s list her entire time at FVSU.

When Williams first learned about the Thurgood Marshall program, she decided to apply. She and other Wildcats interviewed with TMCF representatives during the 2012 spring semester.

The very first FVSU student selected for the Thurgood Marshall program was Alicia Head. The Decatur, Ga. native and marketing senior is a campus leader and Wildcat cheerleader whose intelligence, confidence and determination earned her the respect and admiration of TMCF interviewers in 2010.

“When I interviewed with them, they were so impressed with me, that they decided to make me a student ambassador,” said Head, who used her new leadership role to reach back and help other FVSU students. In 2011, she helped 10 new FVSU students into the program. This year, she has managed to bring 14 students.

“Some students end up interning for reputable companies, and end up more polished after going through the institute,” said Head, who was offered major internships at Walmart and AT&T thanks to the conference’s recruitment fair.

After graduating, Head plans to enter the workforce. Williams plans to attend graduate school at an Ivy-League institution, preferably Harvard, then land her dream job with Saturday Night Live.

To learn about the institute, visit http://www.thurgoodmarshallfund.net/leadership-institute-weekend/2012-li-rf . For more information, contact the Office of Marketing and Communications, (478) 825-6319.

Student traveling to the conference this year are:

Alicia Head- Student Ambassador

Jason Wynn

Amber Nicole Williams

Rena Ingram

Altony Hall

Richard Brinkley

Rashad Robertson

Aaron Coleman

Willie Lamar III

Ki’Undra Jackson

Lauren Mitchell

Shanah Sharpe

Ivy Brown

Mbonya Myers



Christina Milton, writer

Marketing and Communications

(478) 825-6319, miltonc@fvsu.edu