More than 120 high school students heard Troy Cicero’s message on “Pain, Peace and Power” at this year’s annual Fulfilling the Dream Conference Feb. 28 at Lewis University in Romeoville.
Troy Cicero, president and chief skill officer at MulticultuReal Communications Inc., focused on celebrating differences among peers, living in a proactive way, and managing emotions to think rationally before acting.
During his keynote address, Cicero encouraged students to find solace through difficult times, “When you’re in pain – physiological, mental, physical, and even if it’s unbearable, when pain enters you when you’re going after your dreams, find your peace to endure the pain. Pain yields power.”
Prior to Cicero’s presentation, students connected with college professionals to gather knowledge about the higher education process and steps to take to achieve their educational goals. Other sessions allowed students to practice professional mannerisms such as proper hand shaking and introducing oneself.
High schools in attendance included: Plainfield East High School, Oak Lawn Community High School, Bloom Trail High School, Elk Grove High School and Thornton Fractional North High School.
The Fulfilling the Dream conference draws its name from the great civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who had a dream about equality for all people. The conference offers a unique opportunity for African American youth to engage in hands-on learning. This conference was modeled after the “Si Se Puede” Conference, an event for Latino/a high school students, and was coordinated by the Office of Admission and Multicultural Student Services.
Lewis University is an innovative and entrepreneurial Catholic university offering market-relevant undergraduate and graduate programs to 6,500 students. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis University is nationally recognized for preparing intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected and socially responsible graduates. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.
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