CARES to Host Take the Lead Professional Development Conference March 30


LEXINGTON, Ky, (March 22, 2019) — The Center for Academic Resources and Enrichment Services (CARES) is hosting the Take the Lead Conference from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 30, in the Jacobs Science Building on the University of Kentucky campus. 

Take the Lead is a student-led leadership conference that caters to the sophomore year experience, although all freshmen and sophomores are welcome to attend. The conference will feature six workshops with lecturers from different areas across campus. Each workshop focuses on personal and professional skill development with underrepresented minority students specifically in mind.  

"Participating in this conference provides students, especially diverse students, with insight on how to be professional, create business relationships (in and outside of the workplace), how to build a professional platform and how to conduct oneself within the workplace," said Nyla Swain, UK sophomore and conference coordinator. "With this, students can take away top-notch professionalism and the ability to lead themselves, and others, toward success."

CARES's mission is to provide a comprehensive academic support system as well as enrichment services to aid in increasing the retention and graduation rates of underrepresented students at the university. Through academic planning, tutoring, study groups, and enrichment activities and programs designed to address specific topics at each grade level, students are given the tools to achieve academic excellence and become leaders in an out of the classroom. 

Take the Lead workshops include: 

  • "50 Shades of You: Exploring the different you's in the workplace";
  • "Made to be Male: Defeating the stereotypes within the male construct";
  • "Clickbait: Curating your internet presence to be socially set and career conscious";
  • "Women's Worth in the Works: defeating stigmas in the female construct";
  • "Gradish': Navigating the next chapter"; and
  • "Suit up for Higher: Developing your professional presence."

To register for the conference, click here.

CARES is a division of the Office for Institutional Diversity (OID). OID's mission is to enhance the diversity and inclusivity of the UK community, and provide rich diversity-related experiences to ensure student success.