University of Houston-Victoria

Student Life

ROAR Leadership Conference

Each year, Student Life hosts their annual ROAR Leadership Conference. This day-long conference allows students to attend presentations designed to enhance their leadership skills and better prepare them for a professional environment. The conference also has the unique ability to increase networking among local area high school seniors, Victoria College, and UH system students. The conference is of no cost to participants, and encourages these students to interact with not only their peers, but also the presenters.

Our past keynote speakers have included Tom Krieglstein, four time winner of Campus Speaker of the Year, who presented on his “Dance Floor Theory”, Mike Fritz, named one of 2015's Hottest Speakers by Campus Activities Magazine, who presented on how he makes leadership F.U.N.  Dr. Jason L. Meriwether, Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs at Indiana University Southeast, who presented on “Building Your Brand: Leadership to Shape, Share, and Remember" and nationally acclaimed Tedx speaker Joshua Fredenburg who presented on “Leadership Self-Discovery 101 – Discovering Your Inner Leadership Super Powers within to Change the World”. 

In 2018, Dr. Dakota Doman, Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at Philander Smith College and former Director of Student Life at UHV presented on Effective Student Leadership. The following year, Dr. Ashley Spicer-Runnels, Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at Texas A&M University-San Antonio and UHV Alumnus presented on Elevating Your Excellence. Last year, Dr. DuJuan E. Smith, the Associate Director of Graduate Advising at the University of Chicago Professional Education presented on being "Called to Serve: Caring for Yourself while Leading Others".

This year will be our eighth annual conference and we're excited to announce that our keynote speaker for 2021 is Iliana B. Melendez, who serves as the Associate Dean of Students at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. 

Please register to attend the 2021 ROAR Leadership Conference HERE

Leadership Conference Information and Schedule of Events

For questions or accommodations, please contact Hilary Kofron at (361) 485-4409.