Distinguished Speaker Series

Distinguished Speaker Series

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 of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Student membership is comprised of 2 students at large representing the Edinburg and Brownsville campus, a graduate student and an SGA Representative. Students interested in participating in the committee should submit their name and information on the form below. 

Goals 

  1. Introduce the university community and the Rio Grande Valley to world-class speakers through various formats
    1. General University forum with students, faculty and staff
    2. Luncheon/Dinner with selected students
    3. Evening venue to South Texas community 
  2. Offer a once in a lifetime experience for UTRGV students
  3. Complement the academic experience through lectures, workshops, master classes and seminars
  4. Provide opportunities that allow for the appreciation of others’ views, opinions and ideas.

Membership

Vacant                                 Student-At-Large (Edinburg)

Vacant                                 Student-At-Large (Brownsville)

Vacant                                 Graduate Student

Vacant                                 SGA Student Representative  

Vacant                                 Faculty Representative

Amy Cummins                      Faculty Representative

Marisa Campirano                 University Advancement Representative

Lauren Contreras                  Program Coordinator, Student Activities (ex-officio)

Cindy Mata-Vasquez              Director for Student Activities (ex-officio)

 

Distinguished Speaker Series Committee Interest Form

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