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Contact: Denajha Phillips, PR Chair
COLUMBIA, Mo. — On Feb. 24, 2011, approximately 650 students stepped foot onto the University of Missouri’s campus to kick off the 34th Annual Big XII Conference on Black Student Government. From February 21-23, MU can expect a similar turnout as members of the Legion of Black Collegians host the 42nd Annual Big XII Conference on Black Student Government.
The Big XII Conference on Black Student Government is designed to address issues facing African American student government organizations and students on college campuses, and it provides leadership opportunities to move students toward the future.
The theme for this year’s conference is “Leadership Reloaded: Redefining our Purpose, Expanding our Vision.” Beginning on Thursday, students will partake in various leadership workshops, a career fair, a gospel explosion, an adviser meet-and-greet, and more. View schedule.
Students will also have the privilege of hearing keynote presentations by individuals recognized for work in activism, politics and law including CNN political commentator Symone Sanders, two-time NAACP Image Award-winner Dr. Michael Eric Dyson and MU alum and public policy phenom Peyton Head.
With days full of networking opportunities and reflection, students from MU’s Big XII Conference Planning Committee and the Legion of Black Collegians will end the conference with an awards and scholarships banquet. Each year, over a dozen cash scholarships and recognition awards for selected students are granted by the Big XII Council on Black Student Government.
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CONFERENCE HISTORY: The Big XII Council on Black Student Government is a regional Black Student Governing Body, which consists of the Black Student Governments from institutions in the Big XII conference. Those universities include: Missouri, Baylor, Colorado, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas A&M and Texas Tech.
First held at MU in 1977, the conference began when Black students from schools within the Big Eight Conference came together in recognition of shared suffering and problems at their respective institutions. In 1978, MU students formally created the Big Eight Council on Black Student Government. The Big Eight Council on Black Student Government was later renamed in 1997 to include four Texas institutions, forming the new Big XII Conference. While 2012 marked the year Mizzou’s athletic teams left the Big XII Conference, MU still remains a part of the Big XII Conference on Black Student Government.