2019 Advocacy Conference Speakers Announcement

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written by | Aly Hagglund

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We are excited to announce our presenters for our 2019 Advocacy Conference. This is our first ever Advocacy Conference and we are thrilled to have such an amazing line up of presenters.

Keynote Presenters

Each day of the conference will have a keynote speaker.

MN Representative Hunter Cantrell

Representative Cantrell represents District 56A and is from Savage, MN. He currently sits on the Capital Investment Division , Health and Human Services Finance Division, and the Judiciary Finance and Civil Law Division committees. Cantrell graduated from University of Minnesota and is currently the youngest serving member of the Minnesota House of Representatives.

Dr. Keith Edwards

Over the past 18 years Keith has been speaking on college campuses nationally on sexual assault prevention, men’s identity, social justice education, curricular approaches beyond the classroom, and leadership. He has spoken and consulted at more than 200 colleges and universities, presented more than 200 programs at national conferences, and has written more than 20 articles or book chapters on these issues. His research, writing, and speaking has received national awards and recognition including ACPA Dissertation of the Year and ACPA Diamond Honoree. He recently co-edited the book Addressing Sexual Violence in Higher Education.


Student presenters

There are phenomenal student advocates on across our Minnesota State system. We are excited to have three student-led sessions at this conference.

Kayla Shelley | St. Cloud State University

Learn Your Passions and how to Articulate Them to Advocate 

Madie McLeod and Brianna Daniels | St. Cloud State University

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Doria Drost | Southwest Minnesota State University

Strategizing Advocacy with SWOT


professional presenters

We are excited to have such a wide breadth of professional presenters at this conference, including many Students United alumni.

Rebekah Bailey | Women’s March Minnesota

Boots-On-The-Ground Activism 

Beth Berila | St. Cloud State University

Self-care and Activism

Jonathan Bohn | Inter Faculty Organization

Becoming Aware of Legislators Position on Issues

Lexi Byler | Office of U.S. Senator Tina Smith

Advocacy from an Insider’s Perspective

Dr. Keith Edwards | Author, Speaker, and Coach

College Men’s Identity

Brent Glass & Kathy Hanon | Minnesota State

Understanding University Budgets & Working with Campus Administration

Andy MacCracken | National Campus Leadership Council

Key Issues Shaping National Higher Education Policy

Britton Mikkelsen | TakeAction Minnesota

What is Narrative & How Does It Impact the Way We View Those Around Us

Matt Musel | Metropolitan State University

Advocating for Students Rights

Cara Luebke | Achieve Minneapolis

On Urgency in Advocacy

Lindsey Templeton | National Campus Leadership Council

The Student Voice Index: Understanding and Using Voice for Advocacy


students united staff presenters

Three Students United staff members will also be presenting during this conference. Their presentations are focused of specific topics students suggested during a 2018 fall conference.

Sarah Berns | Director of Government Relations

State and Federal Legislative 101

Aly Hagglund | Director of Communications

How to Convey Your Message

Abeer Syedah | Director of Equity and Inclusion

Cultural Competency: Accessibility, Title IX, Gender, Race and Ethnicity


Click here to register for this conference or to learn more: https://www.studentsunited.org/adcon19

Aly Hagglund