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The EROC Speaker Series assembles innovative grassroots activists in the anti-violence and collegiate anti-sexual violence movements in order to train, educate, and inspire a new generation of leaders, communities, and organizations in the fight to end violence. The Speaker Series realizes EROC’s organizational mission to provide transformational and intersectional educational programming through our Centering the Margins framework to college and high school students, university professors and administrators, community organizations, businesses, and groups interested in learning more about their role in ending sexual violence. 

Essentially, our Speaker Series connects skilled trainers, presenters, activists and talent to campuses, schools, businesses and communities looking to learn more about relationship violence. Speakers are available to engage around a variety of topics including but not limited to: campus sexual assault, survivor healing and wellness, the intersections of trauma, preventing and ending assault and harassment, and more (scroll down for the full list of topics offered). EROC works as a connector between Speakers and Host Clients to provide opportunities for growth, learning and empowerment on all fronts. 

Our Speakers Series aims to demonstrate how the root causes of sexual violence, including violence on our university campuses, can be traced back to the systemic discrimination of marginalized and often intersecting identities. EROC and our Speaker Series intentionally challenges white supremacy, racism, transphobia, xenophobia, ableism, sexism, and other forms of oppression, in all of our educational programming. 

All of EROC’s educational programming is trauma-informed and survivor-centered; meaning, we understand that all people have experienced various traumas and violence throughout their lives, including intergenerational and historical trauma, and that survivors’ voices must be the foundation of all anti-violence work. EROC enjoys working directly with the students, faculty, and administrators who are transforming our nation’s schools. To this end, we view each speaking engagement as an opportunity to learn from and collaborate with the change-makers who are braving a path to a brighter future for all students.

Vision + Principles

The EROC Speaker Series envisions an anti-violence movement that invests in its youth through intersectional, survivor-centered, trauma-informed educational programming. Through our educational programming, we center the voices of survivors and challenge the dominant narrative of who a victim of sexual violence is by accurately reflecting the diverse expertise and identities contained within the anti-violence movement. 

  • We believe, trust, and support all survivors. 
  • We practice consent and accountability in all our internal and external communications. 
  • We intentionally uplift and center the work and experiences of marginalized folx because we understand that liberation for all will not be achieved without collective action, solidarity, and allyship.
  • We challenge white supremacy, racism, transphobia, xenophobia, and sexism in all spaces and systems. 
  • We practice continual self-awareness and assessment to ensure that we are moving up and moving back in ways that support the Speakers Series.
  • We aim to be trauma-informed in our programming and communications. 
  • We believe that intersectional awareness education can change mindsets and transform communities to end violence.

How It Works

If you’re interested in possibly booking a Speaker, fill out the Inquiry Form, and EROC will be in touch with you! EROC will work with you and  begin the process of finding the right Speaker to meet your needs, based on topics you’d like to have covered, whether you are looking for an in-person or virtual program, as well as the timing and location of the speaking engagement. 

It is best to reach out and inquire about a speaking engagement as far in advance as possible, particularly if you are inquiring about an in-person event as travel may be involved. 

What does it Cost?

We believe that it is important and essential to fairly compensate our Speakers for their time, knowledge, and expertise that they are providing. Speaking fees start at $700, and will be negotiated with EROC prior to signing a contract for services. For in-person events, clients are expected to cover the cost of any required travel and accommodations.

Interested in Joining EROC as a Speaker for the Speaker Series?

If you’re interested in potentially joining EROC as a Speaker, please fill out the Speaker Interest Form. As the program is just launching, we are likely not going to be bringing on additional speakers right away, but we will record your interest and contact information, and let you know when we are looking to expand our Speaker pool. 

Questions?

Please contact Sarah McPherson, EROC Program Manager, at [email protected]