Baton Rouge Community College (BRCC) announced its inaugural Community Leadership Summit scheduled for Thursday, September 7, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Magnolia Theatre on the Mid City Campus, 201 Community College Dr. The event will be moderated by Clay Young and feature guest speaker Ret. Army Lt. General Russel L. Honoré, along with panelists Dr. Willie E. Smith, BRCC Chancellor; Dr. Sito Narcisse, East Baton Rouge Parish School System Superintendent; Dr. Janzlean Laughinghouse, Capital Area Human Services Executive Director; and Sid Gautreaux, Sheriff, East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office. The theme of the summit is “Transformation Now - Leadership’s Commitment to Strategically Advance the Capital City”.

The Summit is designed to dialogue on the pressing needs of employment, education, health and wellness and social justice as identified through BRCC’s Urban Discovery Sessions. The convening will serve as an opportunity to unify the local community by sharing current work occurring within these pillars and also encouraging community leaders to further connect to address desired outcomes. This event is free and open to the public. Members of the community along with leaders from educational institutions, non-profit organizations, local businesses, and faith-based organizations are encouraged to attend. 

“It’s a privilege to present this inaugural event that will bring together members of the community representing various backgrounds and sectors.” said BRCC Chancellor Dr. Willie E. Smith. “As a leading institution within Baton Rouge, we want to be part of the solution as we continue to develop low-cost training opportunities and create innovative ways to reach and develop talent particularly in underserved communities”.

By serving as the community connector, BRCC aims to provide a platform for gathering individuals and key leaders who want to lend their talents to transform Baton Rouge’s underserved communities. In addition, the summit will provide awareness of educational pathways available at BRCC while highlighting degree opportunities within the Criminal Justice Department. A voter registration drive will also be held before the Summit starting at 10:00 a.m. and following the summit from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. 

To register for the summit, visit  Individuals can also submit questions in advance for the panelist by sending an email to