For the first time, members of Potomac’s Black Student Union (BSU) and juniors and seniors who identify as Black and/or African American attended the Congressional Black Caucus’s Annual Legislative Conference (ALC). The conference gave the students an opportunity to attend workshops and interact with various Black stakeholders in politics, journalism, entertainment, activism, and other fields.
It was a great opportunity for the students to develop their networking skills and gain insights into how the federal government operates and how to advocate on issues affecting the Black community.
Among those that the Potomac group met were Tony Coles, CEO of Black Information Network; Harim Jackson, CEO of Real Times Media; and noted journalists Ed Gordon and Soledad O’Brien.
Students were invited to attend by Potomac counselor Paul Singleton, who is one of the advisors for the BSU. As part of his graduate and PhD studies, he was introduced to the conference when given the responsibility of bringing students for the University of Connecticut to this event.
Reflecting on his previous experiences and realizing the conference was returning to an in-person format after the pandemic, Mr. Singleton came up with the idea to invite BSU members to help with their initiative of fostering a sense of belonging and solidarity within the student club.
The juniors and seniors who attended also had the opportunity to share their experience with the Upper School. "Ultimately, by witnessing members of the Congressional Black Caucus and associated members organize and advocate for the Black Community, students who attended were able to see such skills modeled - and think thoughtfully about how to bring such efforts to Potomac," said Charaun Wills, Upper School math teacher and DEI coordinator.