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Conrad leadership program

More than 60 local college students visited the HSC-Baylor College of Dentistry campus July 16 for the 10th annual Professional and Graduate School Seminar for the Dr. Emmett J. Conrad Leadership Program.

Dr. Claude Williams, community outreach director, hosted the event, which had exceeded all previous attendance records.

The seminar helped undergraduate students preview graduate and professional schools, including HSC-Baylor College of Dentistry. Dr. Ernie Lacy, director of student development, presented information about admission requirements and student life at the dental school.

Students also heard from other guest speakers representing area graduate and professional schools, including the University of North Texas, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Additionally, former Conrad interns who obtained graduate or professional degrees shared their personal experiences with the group.

“I feel that activities such as this will go a long way in cementing our relationship with the professional and educational communities that were represented that evening,” Williams says.

The Conrad program is named in honor of distinguished Dallas physician and education advocate Dr. Emmett J. Conrad, who was the first African-American member of the Dallas Independent School District board of trustees. The program, created in 1993 by state Sen. Royce West of District 23, places Dallas undergraduate students into paid summer internship positions. The program provides students the professional experience needed to jump-start their career while also providing them a salary to help offset their educational costs.

Since its inception, the program has grown from 27 to 123 students per year. Thirty have interned at HSC-BCD and at least 10 former Conrad interns have attended HSC-BCD for dental school.