Western Regional Honors Conference 2020

Special Events

We are excited to share some of Utah's treasures with you at the conference. A sense of place is created not only through the physical surroundings of an area but also the people who occupy those spaces. The special events for the 2020 WRHC conference will give you a little taste of the people and places that make Cedar City home for SUU.

Keynote Speaker

Troy Williams - Executive Director, Equality Utah

Troy has over 15 years experience as a community organizer for the LGBTQ community. He graduated from the University of Utah with bachelor degrees in both Film Studies and Anthropology. His work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Advocate, Interview Magazine, The Gay Times, and OUT Magazine. In 2010 the Salt Lake Tribune dubbed him "the gay mayor of Salt Lake City." Troy became the executive director of Equality Utah in September 2014. In 2015 Equality Utah led successful efforts to pass LGBTQ non-discrimination laws. In 2017 they overturned the "No-Promo Homo" law that prevented public schools teachers and students from discussing LGBTQ issues. In 2019, Troy built a coalition to successfully pass an inclusive hate-crimes law. Troy's recent efforts have been to end the dangerous practice of conversion therapy for minors in Utah.

Troy Williams

Kolob Canyon


Kolob Canyon is located on the Northern edge of Zion National Park. It includes all of the natural beauty that Southern Utah is famous for including colorful rock formations and overlooks. It is located just 17 miles south of Southern Utah University. During the excursion, we will have options for all physical fitness and ability levels ranging from a short overlook hike to a more intensive hike through one of the canyons. All options will provide views of the beautiful scenery and wildlife of the park.

Scribendi Reception

Scribendi is the nonprofit literature and arts magazine of the Western Regional Honors Council. This magazine highlights students from honors programs and colleges in more than 900 universities throughout the United States. They showcase talent in several categories including literature, art, foreign language, open media, and photography. Their first issue was in 1985 and the name was changed to Scribendi in 1995. Since their beginning, they have released an issue annually. The word "Scribendi" is of Latin origin and means " those which must be written." This magazine has grown from its humble beginning as a less than 25-page magazine into a magnificent work of art in and of itself that shows the incredible works of undergraduate students across the country.