ALANA Week to offer comedy, fashion, inspiration, workshops

ALANA anticipation – Looking ahead to a jam-packed agenda for the 26th annual ALANA (African, Latino, Asian and Native American) Student Leadership Conference are, from left, Maggie Rivera, SUNY Oswego student involvement coordinator; Louis Rodriguez, student involvement student assistant and a senior wellness management major; and Aaron Brown, vice president of the Black Student Union and a junior psychology major. The week of entertainment, workshops, dinners and more will take place Sept. 21-28 at SUNY Oswego.

SUNY Oswego’s multicultural ALANA Student Leadership Conference will celebrate diversity Sept. 21 to 28 with a fashion show hosted by comedian and actor Talent Harris, a peace walk, keynote inspirational speaker Tish Norman, workshop presentations and more.

This year, the African, Latino, Asian and Native American conference aims to be one of the biggest yet, according to Magdalena Rivera, student involvement and ALANA coordinator. It began in humbler fashion in 1986.

“It started out as one day, two workshops and now it has grown over the years,” Rivera said. “Students that have come through campus have cared enough to carry on throughout the years and bring ALANA to what it is today.”

The fashion show will begin at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, in Tyler Hall’s Waterman Theatre.

Harris, who performs standup in “Uptown Comic” and the former Showtime comedy series “White Boyz in the Hood” and had roles in “With or Without You” and “Sunset Park,” will emcee.

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