The UNM High School Equivalency Program (HEP) and the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) have teamed up with other peer programs to host the HEP/CAMP Student Leadership conference Friday-Saturday, Feb. 18-19 at the UNM Student Union Building. Friday's session is from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., while Saturday's session is from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Topics to be discussed include civic engagement, science and leadership, leadership on campus and more.

"The idea of hosting the conference arose because of the limited opportunities we have to expose students to positive, engaging and interactive ways to develop their leadership skills," said Ivan Olay, CAMP program specialist.

The two-day conference will start with a welcome by Dr. Nancy "Rusty" Bacerlos, president of Northern New Mexico Community College and ends with a closing by Dr. Eliseo "Cheo" Torres, vice president, UNM Student Affairs. Students will be coming from the CAMP Rio Grande Region which includes New Mexico, Colorado and Texas.

"Hopefully, participants will have a better knowledge about what it takes to become a leader in their communities and will have formed strong networks with others throughout their region by the end of the conference," said Olay.

The cost for the conference is $50. For more information contact Ivan Olay at 277-5492 or e-mail,