Campus Speaker Series

Matt Bellace

Matt Bellace, motivational speaker, psychologist, and comedian, will speak at Carver Hall on Sunday, Sept. 17, at 1:30 p.m. The Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington will speak on Monday, Sept. 18, at 6 p.m. in Mitrani Hall.

Matt Bellace, motivational speaker, psychologist, and comedian, will speak at Carver Hall on Sunday, Sept. 17, at 1:30 p.m. The Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington will speak on Monday, Sept. 18, at 6 p.m. in Mitrani Hall.

Neuropsychology with a comedic twist

Matt Bellace, motivational speaker, psychologist, and comedian, will speak at Bloomsburg University’s Carver Hall, Gross Auditorium, on Sunday, Sept. 17, at 1:30 p.m. The event is free. Bellace’s comedic presentation, “A Better High,” promotes the Healthy Husky initiative to educate students about the misuse of drugs and alcohol.

Bellace has traveled to high schools and college campuses as a motivational speaker and comedian for over 20 years educating young people about how to get high naturally without the use of drugs and alcohol. His presentations are based on his “How to Get High Naturally” program and his book “A Better High.”

In addition to “A Better High,” Bellace has co-authored the National Geographic kids series, “This or That,” and appeared regularly appeared on truTV’s, “World’s Dumbest.” Bellace’s books and presentations focus on natural highs and making healthy choices. Bellace, who holds a Ph.D. in clinical neuropsychology, uses an informative yet humorous approach to engage and interact with his audiences.

“My background in neuroscience and emotional memory is not lost during my presentations,” says Bellace. “It helps me understand my audiences better and I know if they’re laughing, they’re listening.”

“A Better High” with Matt Bellace is sponsored by Healthy Husky and BU Athletics and is made possible due to the NCAA CHOICES grant awarded to BU this year. BU will use the three-year $30,000 grant, presented by the NCAA Foundation and Anheuser-Busch Company Inc., to implement more campus opportunities like “A Better High” with Matt Bellace. BU’s goal is to create shifts in campus culture that will reduce the prevalence underage drinking, sexual misconduct, and harassment or violence due to the misuse of drugs and alcohol across campus.

Diversity consultant to speak on building greater inclusion

The Rev. Dr. Jamie Washington will speak at Bloomsburg University on Monday, Sept. 18, at 6 p.m. in Mitrani Hall, located in Haas Center for the Arts. His lecture is titled, “Building Capacity for Greater Inclusion: Our Work for the Next Round.” This lecture is free and open to the public.

Dr. Washington has served in higher education for over 33 years and is best known as the president and founder of the Washington Consulting Group (WCG). In 2015, WCG was named one of the Top 10 Global Diversity Consultants in the world by the Economist. Dr. Washington is also the president and co-founder of the Social Justice Training Institute, and vice president and current president elect of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA). He currently serves as the pastor of Unity Fellowship Church of Baltimore and is known as “The Engagement Specialist,” because he sees himself as an instrument of change.

Dr. Washington has a bachelor’s degree from Slippery Rock State College, double Masters’ of Science degrees from Indiana University Bloomington, and a Ph.D. in College Student Development from University of Maryland College Park. He also earned his Masters of Divinity from Howard University School of Divinity. Dr. Washington was most recently awarded the Legends of Excellence Award from the University of Maryland Baltimore County for his contribution to the lives and education of Black and LatinX faculty, staff and students. He holds many other awards for his diligence toward helping people find the best in themselves and others.

The American College Personnel Association (ACPA) is sponsoring the lecture while the College of Education, the Multicultural Center, the Women’s Resource Center, and the LGBTQA Resource Center are co-sponsors.