Grad School’s Jonique Childs elected historian of National Black Graduate School Association

Jonique Childs
Jonique Childs

The National Black Graduate Student Association, Inc. (NBGSA) has announced the election of Jonique Childs as the historian during the organization’s 24th national conference in Philadelphia last month.

Childs is a graduate research assistant in the Recruitment Services Office of the NIU Graduate School.

As NBGSA prepares for an intense 25th anniversary year, Childs’ position is very vital. New officers serve in the position as “elect” until the current administration ends in June 2012.

“NBGSA gave me inspiration, encouragement and practical skill development opportunities,” NBGSA President Lauren Williams said. “It offered me a space to contribute to something bigger than me – something that helped other people.”

Founded in 1989, the student-run organization continues to address the needs of minority students through providing them with countless academic and professional development opportunities. It hosts five regional student development conferences and one national research conference each year.

The NBGSA also awards three scholarships and publishes a peer-reviewed journal, Call & Response. Students received awards and hosted the elections for national posts during the conference.

“This year’s conference also created a long list of action items for our organization and membership,” Williams said. “We are very clear that we all play an important role in the success of black graduate students – and even more importantly, this role starts with our leadership.”

The NBGSA executive board will meet the week of June 7 in Washington, D.C., for its annual Leadership Summit and networking social. The 25th anniversary celebration will be held in March 2013.

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