Travis Apgar

Travis Apgar has a mission – to abolish hazing. Sharing his own personal experiences, he’s speaking on campuses to inspire others to help end hazing once and for all.


  • Athletics
  • Fraternity & Sorority Life
  • Hazing


Getting to know

Travis Apgar

Travis is the Assistant Vice President for Student Life & Dean of Students at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, located in Troy, NY. He holds advanced degrees in psychology and education administration and has received national recognition as an outstanding student affairs professional.

Educator, writer, and consultant, Travis has been a featured speaker on college campuses and at conferences across the country, working with thousands of students, faculty, administrators and coaches with the goal of ending hazing.

Considered an authority on hazing prevention, Travis is a member of the Board of Directors for HazingPrevention.Org. He has contributed to the National Hazing Prevention Week Resource Guide, assisted with the development of the NCAA Hazing Prevention Handbook, appeared in Haze; a documentary made available by the Gordie Center, and as a guest on PBS NewsHour and HuffPost Live.

Travis Apgar has a mission – to abolish hazing. Sharing his own personal experiences, he’s speaking on campuses to inspire others to help end hazing once and for all.

It is Travis’ belief that as a student affairs professional he has a responsibility to get involved in the fight against hazing, and to help provide resources to professionals and students that can help get the job done.


To help you promote your event with Travis, CAMPUSPEAK has created promotional templates you can use. In this folder, you will find resources for social media, a promotional poster for printing, and press photos you can use for your event.
Link to Promotional Materials


In Person Event AV Needs (PDF)
Speaking Introduction (PDF)
Discussion Questions (PDF)


Travis was incredibly engaging! He delivered his presentation in such a way that he shared pieces of his entire story until the end where you were able to put the puzzle together entirely. He also did a great job not lecturing the students, but giving them the truth and then the importance behind challenging and eliminating acts of hazing.

— Jessica Emig

University of Connecticut

Travis did a great job of mixing humor with the “heavy” discussions related to hazing. Nearly all of our students were at full attention for the duration of his presentations.

— Jesse Koch

Bradley University

Your talk on campus was incredibly powerful and effective. I had heard that you were a good speaker, and that really was an understatement. I have a tremendous amount of respect and admiration for those, like you, who share their own personal experiences with others to try to make changes. You are the real deal, and I applaud your efforts!

— Nanette Paswuarello

SUNY, Cortland

Travis Apgar was a very inspiring speaker to have at UW-Madison. His insight into college campuses and touching personal story made a great impact on our Greek community. I would highly recommend Travis to any organization looking for a passionate, motivating speaker.

— Kristina Pietka

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Thank you Travis so much for making the trip out to Kent State to give this keynote. I truly believe Travis’ message resonated with our students and will continue to drive home our goal of a hazing free culture at Kent State. His program provided everything we were looking for and we are all very pleased with the outcome. Thank you again Travis for all that you do on your campus and the work you do across the country on college campuses. It was fantastic to meet such a strong influence on the fight against hazing.

— Student Leader

Kent State


Hazing: The Fallout

As a first generation college student, Travis went off to school not knowing what to expect. The chance to attend college came as a result of his abilities as a high school football player, and when summer camp opened for the football team he was among the first to get the “rookie treatment.” The only thing worse was his fraternity pledging experience.

Travis left college after his first semester, before the school had the chance to kick him out. In his keynote, Hazing: The Fallout, Travis tells his story of the pain and hidden harm caused by his hazing experiences. Travis went on to complete his college career at another institution, and today is the Associate Dean of Students at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY.

Hazing: The Fallout, is a fresh, new look at hazing from the perspective of a victim with a background that contributed to the severity of the impact. Travis’ emotional and powerful story is the perfect way to give your students a wake-up call about the hidden harms of hazing.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • the ability to recognize the various forms of hazing,
  • how to non-threateningly start conversations about hazing with others,
  • understand of the full extent the harmful effects of hazing have long and short-term, and
  • ways they can help stop hazing.