Black Leadership Development Institute to be Named for Colorado State President; Yates Honored for a Decade of Service

Colorado State University’s Office of Black Student Services and Black History Month Committee will host a ceremony in honor of university President Albert C. Yates, Feb. 28, from 2-3:30 p.m. in the Lory Student Center West Ballroom on campus.

At the event, the university’s Black Student Services Leadership Development Institute will be named the "Albert C. Yates Leadership Development Institute" in honor of the president.

Fort Collins Mayor Ray Martinez and State Board of Agriculture President Reggie Washington will make remarks on Yates’ decade of leadership at the university. Remarks begin at 2:30 p.m. About 150 people are expected to attend. Reporters are welcome to cover the event. The goal of the Black Student Services Leadership Development Institute is to enhance and further develop leadership skills of current and prospective African-American student leaders by giving them exposure to effective leadership styles, leadership tools through workshops, mentoring sessions and interaction with faculty and business professionals. The institute consists of a year-long, three-phase development structure. It includes a one-day interactive conference, follow-up sessions and mentoring/shadowing programs. Students then demonstrate enhanced skills throughout the academic year in various programs and projects.

Participants who have successfully fulfilled all requirements of the leadership institute receive program certification. For more information, contact June Greist in the Media and Community Relations Office at (970) 491-1194.