RED Talks are succinct presentations in the style of TED Talks, and should speak about one’s story and impact on their personal and professional journey. The purpose of RED Talks is to showcase individuals whose experiences and personal/professional stories speak to the theme of the conference, Breaking Boundaries & Building Legacies.  We hope that our presenters’ stories are direct, accessible, and engaging for our audience of Student Affairs professional staff, faculty, and students. Eligible nominees would be undergraduate students, graduate students, or professionals whose journeys have taken them through Student Affairs and can serve as inspiration and motivation to our audience.

Presenters can be nominated by peers, colleagues, professors, staff and students. You may also nominate yourself!  We hope that this nomination process will reach universities in the NY, NJ, PA, CT, and other regional areas in order to gain a rich pool of nominations.  Following the nomination process, the ESAC Planning Team will evaluate candidates’ proposed stories and contact the selected presenters and invite them to speak at the conference on Thursday, January 11, 2018.  RED Talks are typically accompanied by multimedia (video, audio, PowerPoint, Prezi, etc.). The Task Group is also available to coach and develop a RED Talks presentation and story to ensure that they feel comfortable and confident to speak on the day of the conference.

Nominations are  due by Monday, October 16th.

Matthew Chung

Matthew Chung

Matthew Chung, born in Seattle, Washington, is your average 22-year-old Korean-American individual who has lived throughout the northeast from the tri-state of New Jersey to the seafood infested coast of Maine and the pacific northwest. Playing with a rough hand in life, he enlisted in the United States Military shortly after graduating high school. Years later, now a student at Rutgers University, he’s pursuing an education in computer sciences. Despite his challenges and emotional scars, he continues to carry the burden of others on his shoulders as though he feels the duty to those he has lost; to feel like he has to continue on where they could not.

Against all odds he has overcome many close calls and continues the fight against the darkness that progressively tries to consume him. Despite these struggles, he has found hope, support, and love from members of the Rutgers community and friends. As someone once said, “Just shows you have a soul, you haven’t died yet! So don’t give up and keep fighting ’til you have reached your deepest desires!” Safe to say those words really resonated within him and he continues on strong.

Deondre Smalls

Deondre Smalls

Deondre Smalls is currently a senior at Rutgers University majoring in Journalism/Media Studies and minoring in Entrepreneurship. He was born and raised in Camden, New Jersey and has always had a passion for learning new things. Deondre can recall times where he would enter a bookstore before he would enter a toy store. The combination of his passion for learning and his first-hand experience with the inner-city fueled Deondre’s desire to help others. He aspires to be a Producer of a major sports network and to use his platform to provide monetary resources to his hometown. Lending a helping hand does not stop at the touch of fingertips but rather when two palms connect with the intentions of friendship.