Shackelford presents at leadership conference

Katerra Shackelford

For the first time in nearly a decade, Baker had a student present at the Big XII Conference on Black Student Government in March. Katerra Shackelford, a senior business major from Kansas City, Kan., led a presentation on “Remaining ‘Black’ in ‘White’: The Unwritten Rules of Corporate Social Standards for Black Americans.”

Normally reserved for students from large public universities in the Midwest, the conference, now in its 36th year, delivers on its mission “to provide strong, determined and courageous leadership and advocacy to affect our social and academic environments toward consideration of this community’s collective concerns and issues where it pertains to the educational, sociocultural, economic, and spiritual well-being of this community.”

Shackelford believes her years on the Baldwin City campus prepared her well to represent Baker at the conference at Kansas State, which this year had “The Talented Tenth: Redefining Black Student Leadership” as its theme.

“God has placed me at a university that has truly blessed me,” Schackelford said. “Because of the encouragement, support, interest and time the faculty and staff have dedicated to my ideas and passion, this information will flourish beyond Baker’s campus. I cannot say enough for the help I received in developing my talents and skills as a leader and social activist.”

Shackelford discussed abstract liberalism, naturalization, cultural racism and minimization during the presentation.

In the past year on the Baldwin City campus, Shackelford has coordinated the Trayvon Martin Forum and Presidential Election Faculty Panel. She will graduate in May and has secured a job as a velocity professional services consultant with Cerner. Shackelford, a past president of Baker’s student-run diversity organization, was honored in October as the Office of Student Life’s Student Leader of the Month.

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