Elizabeth Smart to speak at Utah Valley University

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Activist Elizabeth Smart speaking at BYU March 5, 2014 to kick off the Women's Services Office campaign, Voices of Courage. Smart will speak again to students Dec. 9 at Utah Valley University. (Photo courtesy Women's Services and Resources Office.)
Activist Elizabeth Smart speaking at BYU March 5, 2014 to kick off the Women’s Services Office campaign, Voices of Courage. Smart will speak again to students Dec. 9 at Utah Valley University. (Photo courtesy Women’s Services and Resources Office.)

Motivational speaker Elizabeth Smart will be at Utah Valley University Wednesday, Dec. 9 to speak in a series of lectures hosted by the school.

Smart will be speaking on “Overcoming Adversity. Elizabeth Smart is a graduate from BYU who was abducted at 14 years old and kept for nine months. She now uses her story to teach people dealing with trauma how to move forward with their lives. She also served a mission, has authored a book, and started a foundation that prevents crime to children.

During the speech Smart will be relating her abduction as well as the trials in court to adversity that everyone faces. She will be trying to relate to the audience how to conquer trials. Her speech will be largely based off her book “My Story.”

“To many people Elizabeth is an inspiration and icon, but to us she is just an amazing human being with a very beautiful heart.” said Micki Sannar who will be attending the lecture.

She will be speaking in a lecture series that is put on by UVUSA. The students in UVUSA feel as though this is an opportunity for UVU students to get involved.

“We are in charge of student advocacy and student involvement on many levels throughout our University. The speaker series is just another opportunity that we offer to students here at UVU.” said Vice President of UVU Academic Senate Mallory Wallin,

UVUSA chooses speakers who are inspirational educational and interesting. Attending the series is free and the cost comes from students fees.

The student body president is very excited to have her as part of the lecture series and feels she will contribute to the students lives.

“We are very excited to have Elizabeth on our campus to share her story of strength and forgiveness with our students,” said UVU Student Body President Tyler Brklacich in a press release.

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