The Distinguished Speaker Series (DSS) is a signature program under the leadership of Student Activities, that aims to provide the university and surrounding community with world-class speakers and lecturers. DSS hosts public events with priority seating for UTRGV students, faculty, and staff.

The series has brought in notable speakers such as former leader of Russia Mikhail Gorbachev, former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, author and civil rights activist the late Dr. Maya Angelou, Emmy award-winning CNN host Larry King, and Grammy/Oscar award-winning R&B artist John Legend.

Get Involved

The DSS Committee is comprised of student leaders, faculty and staff. Student membership consists of seven undergraduate students representing each college and appointed by the Student Government Association.

Interested students should submit their application for eligibility to the Committee and Councils V Link page.