Speaker Series


Each year, TITAN intends to bring speakers to the University of Tulsa’s campus in order to raise awareness about various topics relevant to the students. During the 2013-2014 academic year, TITAN launched its first speaker series. The inaugural series for this year was dedicated to raising awareness of sexual violence on college campuses.


LombardiKristen Lombardi

Kristen Lombardi is an award-winning journalist who has worked for the Center for Public Integrity since 2007. She has been a journalist for more than 17 years. Her investigation into campus rape causes for the Center won the Robert F. Kennedy Award and the Dart Award in 2011, as well as the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service in 2010, among other recognitions. Her work for the Center has been honored by the Investigative Reporters and Editors, the National Press Foundation, the Association of Health Care Journalists, the John B. Oakes Environmental Prize, and the Society for Environmental Journalists. She was one of 24 journalists awarded a Nieman Fellowship in Journalism at Harvard University in 2011-2012. She also won a fellowship from the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma for her coverage of child sexual abuse, and is active in the Dart Society. Ms. Lombardi’s talk was based on findings from her investigative report, “Sexual Assault on Campus: A frustrating Search for Justice.” 

Vic BanyardDr. Victoria Banyard

Victoria Banyard is a professor in the department of psychology at the University of New Hampshire where she teaches courses in community psychology, domestic and sexual violence, and supervises undergraduate interns working in community settings. Dr. Banyard has examined coping strategies and strengths of families who are struggling with poverty, explored recovery from exposure to interpersonal violence, and has focused on understanding how community engagement can be a key facet of violence prevention. Dr. Banyard’s talk was centered on key aspects of effective interpersonal violence prevention on college campuses, including bystander intervention theory and practice.