Annual Fulfilling the Dream Conference inspires students

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Annual Fulfilling the Dream Conference inspires middle and high school students

Published: November 8, 2013.

Lewis University hosted its 8th Annual Fulfilling the Dream Conference for middle school and high school students on Oct. 22 in the Sancta Alberta Chapel located on the university’s main campus in Romeoville.

The annual event, Fulfilling the Dream Conference, draws its name from the civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who had a dream about equality for all people. He is one of the many leaders who fought for the rights of African American students.

The Fulfilling the Dream Conference offers a unique opportunity for African American youth to engage in hands-on experience at a local university. Participants connect with African American students and college professionals to gain knowledge about the higher education process and how to make it a reality.

The event’s keynote speaker was Pastor Corey Brooks of New Beginnings Church of Chicago. He is a community activist known for living on the roof of an abandoned motel by his church. He lived on the rooftop for 94 days during a bitter Chicago winter to fundraise for the purchase of the motel so they could turn it into a community center. Brooks is a graduate of Ball State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Political Science. From Ball State, he began his theological education by attending the Dallas Theological Seminary before earning a Master of Arts in Ministry, with an emphasis on Preaching and Christian Education at Grace Theological Seminary.

“Career Connects” was a new feature of this year’s conference. The workshop provided participants with an opportunity to learn more about career options that can be pursued from the variety of majors offered at Lewis University. Part of the workshop provided an opportunity for Lewis University student volunteers to talk about their major and speak openly to the high school students about their experience in a major. Other workshops included, “Being a Leader, Not a Follower” led by Joni Bradley Scott, associate director of Graduate and Adult Financial Aid and “Fulfilling the Dream” led by Sabrina Lynch, mental health counselor at Lewis University.

Students in attendance of the conference were from the following schools: Granger Middle School in Aurora, Lockport Township High School, Thornwood High School in South Holland, Thornridge High School in Dolton, Waubonsie Valley High School in Aurora and Naperville North High School.

The Fulfilling the Dream Conference is sponsored by Lewis University’s Office of Multicultural Student Services, Office of Financial Aid and Office of Admission.

Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,600 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. Visit for further information.

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