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Approximately 114 students from 10 area high schools who are interested in learning more about leadership skills will attend the 15th annual High School Leadership Day Conference on Wednesday, Nov. 3, at SUNY Cortland.

Sponsored by the Center for Educational Exchange (CEE), the event will take place from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in Corey Union.

The conference is designed for students in grades 9-12, school counselors, club advisors and coaches. Attendees will participate in a variety of interactive workshops, meet students and advisors from other schools and be inspired by leaders from a variety of career and educational backgrounds.

The theme for this year’s conference is “Leaders Value Diversity.” A variety of activity-based workshops will challenge students to explore inclusion and diversity and leave with plans for creating more inclusive schools and communities. There is also a workshop to address the interests of high school advisors and discuss ways to work together to build more caring school climates.

Presenters include Pam Strausser, president, Cosmos Hill Associates, and senior human resource consultant, Department of Organizational Development, Cornell University, and LEAD! students from Cortland’s junior and senior high schools and Homer High School. Also presenting is local public school educator Amanda Verba, director of Youth Development Student Assistance Services at Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga BOCES.

Participating SUNY Cortland staff include Noelle Chaddock Paley, Multicultural Life Office and Philosophy and Africana Studies; Jena Curtis, Health Department and Human Service Studies; Louis Larson, Career Services; Laureen Penney McGee, Recreation, Parks and Leisure Studies and Inclusive Recreation Resource Center; and Vicki Wilkins, Recreation, Parks and Leisure Studies.

SUNY Cortland student presenters include Jill Cole, Amanda Lengauer, Cristina Millan and Elliot Miller.

For more information, contact CEE at (607) 753-4704 or at