Students learn about leadership at conference


The South Omaha Campus of Metropolitan Community College was bustling on Nov. 2 with students ready to learn. While that isn’t unusual at a college, they were all prepared to learn how to lead.

The MCC Student Leadership Conference, now in its seventh year, allows students the opportunity to hear and meet leaders from around the metro area and learn what it takes to become an effective trailblazer. 

At the start of the conference, students heard from Dominique Morgan, an Omaha native who has overcome prison, homelessness and adversity to become a leader in the community. He was the president of Omaha Pride, started Queer People of Color Nebraska and currently works for Black and Pink, an organization to help those in the LGBTQ community impacted by the prison system.

Morgan told students that an important part of leading and breaking ground is to make sure to help others also become successful.
“We want to have impact,” Morgan explained. “But we want to create space for others. If I come up to something, I make sure to bring one person with me.”

Morgan also asked students and faculty in attendance what their GPS and path was in life, emphasizing it’s OK not to know, or to make changes along the way.

“What is your trajectory?” he asked. “Your time is valuable. Think about your destination and know that you may need to reroute and that’s OK. Make sure you are OK with rerouting. If you aren’t, you will sit in that failure.”

In the afternoon, students attended breakout sessions that discussed different aspects of leadership at MCC, in their work and more. The day wrapped up with a panel of MCC faculty, staff and local leaders discussing the importance of taking charge and helping others along the way.

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