Big XII Conference

By Liz Dominguez

It’s been a super crazy weekend! This past weekend was the Big XII Conference on Black Student Government – an annual conference held at a different university every spring. Both Big XII and non-Big XII schools are invited to participate in the conference. This year, the conference was held at the University of Texas at Austin and it was definitely a perfect location. During the conference, young African American, college-aged students learn about the inner working of student government. This conference is meant to highlight the needs for young, African American students in the realm of student government. Many college campuses are implementing programs that assist college-aged minority students with leadership skills and essential resources that allow for their success in the workplace. The Big XII Conference on Black Student Government is one such opportunity that allows students to express new ideas, share with other student leaders and interact with Black professionals.

SMU provides so many opportunities for students to learn and grow. Tradtionally, the Big XII Conference is meant for “Big XII” schools – the University of Texas at Austin, Texas A & M University, the University of Kansas, Oklahoma, etc., but SMU is offered a certain number of registration entries and many SMU students attend. It’s a great networking tool and a great resource for college-aged students.

Participation in the conference is a great experience and a building block toward the learning and acquistion of leaderships skills and essential tools needed to successfully run student organizations on college campuses. I can honestly say that I don’t think I would have been offered this opportunity if I attended another university. I have definitely met some great people and come in contact with amazing resources. I will suggest to anyone , if given the opportunity, they should attend the Big XII Conference on Black Student Government.

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