Big XII Conference on Black Student Government switches to virtual format

The Black Student Union at Kansas State and the Big XII Council on Black Student Government host a Solidarity Rally on Nov 4, 2017. (Archive photo by Alex Shaw | Collegian Media Group)

After a rise in COVID-19 cases, Christopher Burrell, senior in mechanical engineering and Big XII Conference Chair, announced on Twitter that the Big XII Conference on Black Student Government will now be held virtually. With this year’s theme being “Health, Wealth and Knowledge of Self,” Burrell said this is the best choice for everyone involved.

“In order to stay true to the commitment of Black Health, set forth in the theme of the conference, we truly believe this is the best decision,” Burrell shared on Twitter.

According to the Black Student Union website, the virtual conference will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 8, from 9 a.m to 2:30 p.m., and is open to high school and college students.

The day will begin with keynote speaker, Shamiel Gary, who — according to his website — is “an inspirational former NFL player committed to impacting lives through professional speaking and community service.”

Following Gary’s speech, participants can attend two breakout sessions focusing on developing leadership skills, challenging self-efficacy and bringing awareness to social and political issues, according to the Black Student Union website.

Burrell said in the Twitter statement that he encourages people to still attend the event.

“Nevertheless, the Big XII Council on Black Student Government will be hosting a 2022 virtual conference that we highly encourage all of you to attend; more information about that conference will be coming soon,” Burrell said.