The University of New Mexico African American Student Services Black Cultural Conference will be held Sept. 19-21 at UNM.

Hosted by the African American Student Services, the African American Student Services Black Cultural Conference is an intercollegiate conference on Black scholarship, social justice, and contributions of arising Black leaders. The conference fosters dialogue geared to promote student empowerment to address issues at their college campuses and communities.

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This comes as discussions increase around mental health among college students and in the Black community.

"This year is the first time we are making mental health the main theme," shared Brandi Stone, director of UNM's African American Student Services. "We understand that navigating college as a Black student presents a unique set of experiences and we hope this conference will allow all students to foster connections, create growth, and engender action within their communities."

The conference will have a series of workshops with four curriculum tracks including health/wellness, leadership development, and social justice. High school students will have a track designed for college preparation and exposure.

The keynote address will be delivered by Ericka Huggins, an original Black Panther Party leader and Human Rights Advocate, on "Radical Self-Care." This interactive conversation will discuss the importance of mindfulness and mental liberation.

More information about the conference including registration and an agenda overview can be found at