The George McLaurin Male Leadership Conference is a three-day event committed to raising the recruitment and retention of first generation college students, particularly those belonging to underrepresented minority groups. High school juniors and seniors hear from speakers from across the state and across the country regarding barriers to academic success for first generation college students and learn how to better equip themselves for success at the University level.
This year the department of University Community will host the 3rd annual conference, formally known as the Developing Black Males Leadership Conference. The conference serves as a recruitment and outreach program for prospective underrepresented minority male students. D’Andre Fisher, one of the founders of the conference, believes the conference is a chance to reinforce support for campus diversity, as well as to help individuals prepare themselves for their freshman year. “It really forms a brotherhood with the guys,” Fisher said. “They hold each other accountable so they can be successful this first year at the university.” Tian Grant, now a current student at OU, commented "What I enjoyed most about the conference was being able to connect with some different people that you know nothing about, and basically starting an overnight bond and relationship. And also seeing older black brothers striving and achieving things, besides in the athletic world. You just really see that there is more to life than just being average."