TED Talk Series

The purpose of the District of Wisconsin’s TED Style Talks is told in its motto itself. Its motto is : “Ideas worth spreading”. Therefore, it's purpose is to spread ideas and inspire and motivate its audience. TED talks are held on various disciplines like science, education, history, environmental issues, productivity tips, business, technology, etc. In Alpha style, the district has a dynamic lineup of brothers who will present TED Style Talks on topics of their choosing, but related to the mission of the Fraternity which states, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. develops leaders, promotes brotherhood and academic excellence, while providing service and advocacy for our communities.


TED Talk I

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Black Thursday: How Student Activism Changed Higher Education

Presenter: Bro. Shedrick W. Daniels, III, M.S.Ed, Director of Student Life & Campus Inclusion at Oakton Community College

An accomplished and collaborative higher education professional with demonstrated success in policy development, strategic planning, critical incident management, and campus programming. A visionary leader experienced in guiding efforts to conceptualize, define, assess, and support diversity as an institutional and educational priority. Acknowledged as an advocate for students with the ability to establish and maintain strong professional relationships with faculty and staff.


TED Talk II

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Failed Realization

Presenter: Bro. Vershawn Hansen, University of Wisconsin, Class of 2020

A senior, majoring in Neurobiology, with a certificate (minor) in Global Health, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Vershawn aspires to become a physician, earning a dual degree, in pursuit of a career in Infectious Disease and Preventive Medicine. He is currently an undergraduate researcher in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, investigating the molecular mechanisms involved in causing pelvic inflammatory disease, as seen in gonorrhea infections. As a Posse scholar and Greenhouse scholar, he is driven by a passion for service, and hopes to someday practice medicine in disenfranchised, urban communities.