Cyber summit planned for JCSU during DNC

Cyber summit planned for JCSU during DNC

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by GREG ARGOS / NewsChannel 36 Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on May 22, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Updated Sunday, Oct 27 at 1:58 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C.-- There are big plans for Johnson C. Smith University during the Democratic National Convention. Tuesday morning, school administrators and public officials announced they will hold a summit where students will be able to network and meet with members of Congress and other elected officials.

Already, there was a buzz on campus as university officials unveiled what they are calling U-FUTURE. U-FUTURE will connect students with some of our nation's leaders. Emmy award winning actress Alfre Woodard will co-host the event, which is being termed a cyber-summit. She was on hand Tuesday during the announcement on campus.

"I am absolutely delighted to join the CPC [Congressional Black Caucus] Institute along with the partners of Johnson C. Smith University to announce their latest effort," said Woodard.

Students from JCSU will be able to tweet messages, email questions and upload videos to submit to members of Congress, White House officials and state and local officials. U.S. Representative Melvin Watt, who was at the announcement on campus, will be one of the members answering some of those questions.

The U-FUTURE summit will take place in the gym on JCSU's campus on September 4, the first day of the Democratic National Convention. It is being hosted by the Congressional Black Caucus Institute. Students say they are excited about the summit, and honored they will be able to take part.

"I definitely plan on learning as much as I can," said senior Eniola Johnson.  "I plan on doing my research in knowing what they are here for and how they can impact my life."

Though the event will be held on JCSU's campus, student from more than 20 other universities will be able to participate, including those from UNC Charlotte.  However, since this is a cyber summit, questions can be submitted via twitter using #UFUTURE.
 

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