Suggest a Distinguished Speaker!

Posted On May 9, 2018
Categories 2017 News Archived

The Distinguished Speakers Series, sponsored by Spotlight Programs Board and supported by student activity fees, engages students and university community members in relevant, thought-provoking discussions on a diverse range of issues affecting lives and communities. Each year, the Distinguished Speakers Series brings prominent activists, artists, entrepreneurs, scientists, environmentalists and other leading thinkers on campus to share their compelling stories and visionary ideas.

These high-profile speakers offer innovative learning experiences through new concepts, diverse opinions, interesting insights and unusual perspectives that enhance awareness, encourage solutions and heighten student success and global competency. Question and answer sessions at events stimulate critical thinking and allow the free exchange of ideas. The university community is encouraged to submit nominations for speakers for the 2018-19 academic year.

Potential speakers should help support the university’s strategic plan by incorporating one of the following topic areas in their speech:

  • Addressing challenging issues of the 21st century
  • Enhancing global competency of students
  • Preparing students to be societal leaders
  • Highlighting the arts and media

Distinguished speakers should be able to:

  • Connect to a variety of audiences across disciplines
  • Engage audiences through their speech, lecture or panel discussion
  • Be described as an expert or authority in their respective field

Some examples of speakers who have participated in the Distinguished Speakers Series include Judy Smith, Daymond John, Ben & Jerry, Michio Kaku, George Takei, Steve Harvey, Bill Nye, John Legend, Soledad O’Brien and many others.

The university is taking suggestions for the 2018-19 Distinguished Speakers Series and invite the university community’s input. To nominate a speaker, complete the Distinguished Speakers Series Nomination and Feedback Form.

The Distinguished Speaker Series Committee, a diverse panel of students, staff and faculty, will begin reviewing recommendations in early May for the 2018-19 academic year. The nomination form is open throughout the year, however submissions received after Friday, May 18, will not be considered for the 2018-19 series. Late submissions will be held and considered for the following year.

For additional information, visit the Spotlight Programs Board website.