Edem, Louis-Ugbo represent Oglethorpe at responsible citizenship conference

Oglethorpe University students Darlington Edem ’26 and John Louis-Ugbo ’24 continued their participation in the Institute for Responsible Citizenship (IRC) for a second consecutive year and were invited to attend the Institute’s All Collegiate Conference Feb. 23-24 in Charlotte, N.C.

The event featured conversations on mental health, the education system and wealth creation. In addition to Oglethorpe, students attended from across the country, including those from Davidson College, Duke University, Brown University, Johnson C. Smith University, Columbia University, New York University, Fordham University, Wake Forest University, Hunter College, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Cornell University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University, Kennesaw State University, and more.

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Oglethorpe students Darlington Edem (front row, second from left) and J.J. Louis-Ugbo (front row, far right) attended the Institute for Responsible Citizenship All-Collegiate Conference in Charlotte, N.C., in February. Terrence Smith, director of the Atlanta Collegiate Institute, is in the center on the back row.

Speakers included Dr. William A. Keyes IV, founder of the Institute For Responsible Citizenship; Dr. Anita H. Reed, cofounder and CEO of Noble Trust Consulting; Dr. DeWayne H. Reed, cofounder and president Noble Trust Consulting, Dr. Amel Logan, owner of Each One Reach One; Dr. D’Angelo Taylor, owner of Soundtrack to Life; Kyle Heard, graduate film student at the University of Southern California; Joshua Reed, graduate film student at New York University; and Shruti Shah, partner at Symphonic Venture Capital.

“I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to Oglethorpe University for providing me with a chance to receive a quality education and a springboard to connect with a greater world of possibilities,” Edem said. “In less than two years, I have built much more confidence to achieve anything I set my mind on and work hard towards. It is a contribution to my life that I will never forget.”

Founded in 2003, the IRC’s mission is to prepare the nation’s best and brightest African American male college students to use their extraordinary talents to serve others. In 2016, IRC began its Collegiate Institute program, which is offered in Charlotte, N.C.; Greensboro, N.C.; Durham, N.C.; New York, N.Y.; and Atlanta.

If students are interested in participating in IRC, please contact Dr. Leroy Carson at 404-590-6756 or [email protected]. He is the faculty advisor and will submit recommendations for the next cohort.

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