Designated Dawgs recently returned from the 2014 Safe Ride Program United (SRPU) Conference, hosted by University of Missouri in Columbia, MO.  SRPU is a coalition of safe ride programs across the country that meet each year for leadership development training and workshops focused on growing and improving programs.
This year, Designated Dawgs sent four representatives to the SRPU conference: Sarah Hughes, Patrick Klibanoff, Annelise Wornat, and Leigh Borkowski.
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The conference included representation from 14 universities with safe ride programs and more than 50 students.
The annual SRPU conference provides the opportunity for individuals to network with other programs and bring back initiatives that have been successful at other schools.  Designated Dawgs learned a lot of valuable information from the conference, including information on volunteer membership structures, risk management protocols, public relations / marketing strategies, fundraising tips, and safe ride operations methodologies.
In addition to training and exercises targeted at improving safe ride programs, Designated Dawgs and other schools had the opportunity to go on a campus tour of Mizzou and visit local staples including Shakespeare’s Pizza.
At the conclusion of the conference, four schools submitted bids to host the 2016 SRPU conference.  Following presentations and voting, University of Arizona was selected to host the 2016 conference.
Designated Dawgs looks forward to attending the 2015 SRPU conference which will be hosted by Texas A&M and CARPOOL in College Station, TX.