FAMU Continues the Tradition: Recreating Values of Social Justice, Responsibility, and Accountability

by Reamonn Soto, Florida A&M University

Since National Bank Transfer day, Florida A & M University has been coming more aware of economic injustices, and responsible investment through leadership development workshops. The key component to teamwork is leadership. Before leadership can be implemented, leaders need to be empowered.  The focus on the campus is on hosting seminars that offer leadership and development workshops.

Students attend college because they want to become equipped to have a productive life with the knowledge and skills that will be necessary for them to become successful.  The approach of training students through former leadership education programs will allow them to become more interested in not just helping on the campaign, but playing an active role in its leadership, while having the credentials to add to their resume for professional development.

Also, during the evening of November 29, 2011, we organized a Rethink Black Money seminar that educated students on the benefits of keeping our dollars within our communities. I had the opportunity to organize and engage students on the importance of responsible investing and expose the buying power we have through our Foundation that has approximately $98 millions in assets and how we could take advantage of the shareholders advocacy through proxy votes as a method to change corporate governance.

Although, many students are grieving from the loss of one of our FAMU Marching 100 Band’s Drum Majors, the band was not the only tradition relevant to Florida A & M University. The tradition that brought me an attendance was the solidarity of students in taking social action on issues that includes voter registration, rallies on the injustices of the Martin Lee Anderson vs. the State of Florida, marches to the polls doing historic elections, and Occupy Tallahassee protests. Florida A & M has a history of students getting involved that stretches back to the 50’s and 60’s doing times of social unrest and change in the nation.

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