MSUM alumnus, Troy White, presenting at “How to Survive: A Conversation” this weekend

Troy White, an MSUM mass communications graduate of 1996, is a featured presenter for this weekend’s “How to Survive: A Conversation” event surrounding the release of the book “Authentic Voices: How We Survive” and 10-minute film screening by the same name.

White will be speaking Friday night. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. in Richard Barry Hall (811 2nd Ave. N. Fargo, ND) June 26, 2015. “Authentic Voices: How We Survive” features hope-filled messages from survivors of childhood abuse, and audience members will be encouraged to join the conversation about how we survive the challenges in our lives.

Since graduating from MSUM, White has owned and operated an advertising agency and is currently the director of sales at S&S Promotional Group in Fargo.

TroyWhiteWhite is a co-author of the book, “Authentic Voices: How We Survive.” “That was the catalyst for me embark on a journey into the non-profit world,” White said. “I became the executive director at Bonanzaville, as well, and I do public speaking engagements for the Rape and Abuse Crisis Center. I also work with CAWS of ND to provide domestic violence prevention training to first responders across North Dakota.”

While everyone is encouraged to come to the event, those in certain fields are especially encouraged to attend.

“All people are or will be fighting a battle within themselves or find themselves in trying times at some point in their lives,” White said. “I would especially encourage anyone in criminal justice, psychology, social work, and women’s studies to come. I think it’s important to get men there, as they often do not discuss their feelings. I have found that when they see me discussing mine, they open up, and we need more of that.”

“How to Survive: A Conversation” is part of a two-day event sponsored by Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota and funded in part by the North Dakota Humanities Council and North Dakota Department of Human Services. The second event, a writing workshop called “How to Survive: Writing it Down,” will be held Saturday, June 27 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Both sessions are free and open to the public. Sign language interpretation will be provided.

More information can be found at this website.