What Matters to U

What Matters To U is SEPA’s flagship event. The first installments - featuring Bill Nye and Ken Jeong - took place in February and April of 2019. The moderated discussions were a huge success among the student body.

The purpose of What Matters To U is to bring thought leaders, change makers, and innovators to spark conversation and action within the campus community. The program aims to provoke discourse about relevant topics oftentimes not covered in the classroom, and to engage students with a variety of perspectives.


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What Matters to U Presents: Governor John Kasich

Tuesday, February 4th, 2020

5pm | Shalala Student Center Grand Ballroom 

Governor John Kasich served at the 69th Governor of Ohio. Kasich is an American politician, author, and television news host who is known for his strong beliefs in achieving solutions by overcoming issues that create division and striving for unity.

While serving as the governor of Ohio, Kasich was able to close an $8 billion budget shortfall while reducing taxes by $5 billion. Prior to his time as governor, he served in Congress for 18 years and was elected to the U.S. House at just 30 years old where he went on to become the chairman of the House Budget Committee.

This event will be moderated by The Honorable Ellen Venzer, Miami Law adjunct professor, and Keegan Gibson, a UM senior majoring in biomedical engineering.

Free tickets are available for students, faculty, and staff at https://wmtu2020.eventbrite.com. For more information, visit the What Matters to U Facebook page. 


What Matters to U Presents: Megan Rapinoe

Thursday, October 10th, 2019

5pm | Shalala Student Center Grand Ballroom 

Two-time World Cup Champion and co-captain of the US Women’s National Team, Megan Rapinoe is a fan favorite and one of the team’s most technical players. A vocal leader on and off the pitch, Megan helped lead the USWNT to the 2019 Women’s World Cup Championship scoring some of the biggest goals of the tournament.

This event was moderated by Shirelle Jackson, Senior Associate Athletic Director of Student-Athlete Development, and Claudia DeLorenzo, a UM senior majoring in Neuroscience.

For more information, check out the event preview and event recap.