The University of Houston-Victoria will host students from area high schools, Victoria College and all universities in the UH system at an annual conference that will focus on leadership, confidence and self-improvement strategies. .
The eighth annual ROAR Leadership Conference will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on November 6 at UHV University North, 3007 N. Ben Wilson St. The event will also be broadcast via Microsoft Teams, so students who cannot attending in person can participate online.
The event is free, but students are asked to register by November 3. Those who register and attend will receive a conference t-shirt and UHV loot, and attendees in person will receive breakfast and lunch.
“The ROAR Leadership Conference is an exciting and encouraging event that piques the interest of students every year,” said Hilary Kofron, Director of Student Life at UHV. “Some students come back every year and always learn something new. I can’t wait to see how this year’s event will impact students and inspire them for the future.
This year’s keynote speaker will be Iliana Melendez, Associate Dean of Students at the University of Houston-Clear Lake.
Melendez holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from St. Edward’s University and a master’s degree in counseling and counseling education with a focus in student affairs from Texas State University.
In addition to Melendez’s presentation, students will attend small group sessions led by UHV faculty and staff that will cover elements of leadership and personal responsibility.
Breakout sessions in previous years examined topics such as communication and listening, networking skills, involvement, self-confidence, and the UHV’s ROAR Certified Leader Program.
For Dominic Flores, a graduate in political science from UHV, the conference is always a positive experience.
He has attended the three previous conferences and he is also looking forward to this year’s event.
One of the lessons he remembers from previous years came from a speaker who compared the work ethic of people to diamonds. People who work and strive to improve and develop their skills are made like big shining diamonds.
“Each year I feel like I learn a little more about myself during the conference,” said the San Antonio student. “Since participating, I started exposing myself and showing others that I am tall, bright and strong. I have already registered for this year’s conference and can’t wait to see what I will learn this year.
For more information about the conference, contact Kofron at 361-485-4409 or [email protected]