2020 Region II Virtual Conference, November 4-5
Join Region II from your home or office for a special Virtual Conference as we discuss ways to “Adapt and Thrive” on our campuses. Join colleagues from across the region in various educational sessions and get to know more members
of the region during our various networking sessions. We are looking forward to seeing you!
Questions? Contact 2020 Regional Conference Chair Audrey Taggart-Kagdis.
Regional Conference Keynotes
Ron Roecker: Build Your Lighthouse and Stand in Your Light
November 4, 10–11:15 a.m.
As we are trying to stay afloat while navigating completely uncharted waters, what we all are searching for, especially our students, is certainty. The role we already play and the thing each of us has control over is our own beacon of light.
Ron Roecker is a creative consumer marketing communications and entertainment public relations pro who helps brands and nonprofits build game-changing creative strategies. He is a storyteller, spokesperson, and keynote extraordinaire who has helped some of the biggest brands tell their stories. From the GRAMMY Awards, Nike, NBA, and Disney to celebrities like OneRepublic, Zac Efron, Kelly Clarkson, and nonprofits like LiveEarth with Former Vice President Al Gore, World Wildlife Fund, and Project (RED), to name a few. Roecker received his degree in business communications from Kansas University and has been an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism for several years. He serves on the Board of Trustees for Discovery Arts, a nonprofit organization that brings the arts to children suffering with life-threatening and terminal illnesses.
Sharon Sullivan: Beyond the “Like” Button: Activism in the Digital Age
November 5, 9:45–11 a.m.
The pain of oppression is even more visible to us. How do we empower our students and us to move beyond the “like” button into actual activism that will create the change we seek?
Dr. Sharon L. Sullivan has degrees from Smith College, Washington University, and the University of Kansas. She is a professor at Washburn University. Her research and activism focus on violence against women and children, including sexual and domestic violence, human trafficking, and rape as a weapon of war. Sullivan is cofounder and director of STARS (Stop Trafficking and Reject Slavery), a program with the Topeka Center for Peace and Justice, a member of the Kansas Human Trafficking Advisory Board, and president of the International Public Policy Institute.