2015 MAC ConferenceColumbia College recently hosted the fifth annual Multicultural Achievement Committee Conference focused on education and creating inclusive communities. The MAC Committee’s mission is to ensure Columbia Public School students who are underrepresented in high level courses are ready for college or a career following graduation.

Organized entirely by students, the free conference held Oct. 23-24 included students from all four Columbia high schools, as well as the Youth Advisory Council of Columbia and the Diversity Awareness Partnership, a St. Louis-based nonprofit organization that promotes racial inclusion. It is one of the only conferences in the country organized and led by students.

The conference featured eight workshops centered on the theme of “Opportunity Up.” Topics included helping high school students understand how to get into college, managing the impact of social media and knowing their civil rights.

The first day of the conference was held at the Aslin Administration Building on Worley St., and Columbia College hosted the second day.

Read more:

“Student Multicultural Achievement Committee to hold fifth conference”Missourian, Oct. 22, 2015

“Students discuss effects of Ferguson, racial inclusion”Columbia Daily Tribune, Oct. 25, 2015