Public Voices Thought Leadership Program
A Successful Example of “Learning By Doing”
The Department of History and Government with the Op-Ed Project
Hosted in the Department of History and Government, Texas Woman’s University is proud to be a leader in increasing the diversity of voices and ideas in the world today as they sponsored the year-long Public Voices Thought Leadership Program, a part of the Op-Ed Project. Along with Yale, Princeton, Stanford, Fordham, Northwestern, and Emory, Texas Woman’s University worked with the journalists and editors of the Op-Ed Project to train women (who are currently only 20% of opinion page writers) to share their knowledge and expertise first through the writing and publication of Opinion Editorials and then through other medium such as radio, television, and even testimony before the state legislature.
Texas Woman’s University, following their commitment to civic engagement, worked with the generous funding of the Boone Family Foundation and the Embry Family Foundation to bring the program to the Dallas area. With the help of the foundations TWU was able to create a unique program that has become a model for future Op-Ed Project programs. While other Universities restricted the opportunity to be a fellow to only their own faculty, TWU saw the chance to reach into the community and lift the voices of women leaders of Dallas area non-profits. The combination of TWU faculty fellows and non-profit fellows has been electrifying.
The success rate of the TWU Public Voices Thought Leadership Fellows has been far and away the most successful of any Op-Ed program. The TWU fellows had a 400% success rate publishing fifty opinion pieces, as well as appearing on radio and television. The women placed their work in The Dallas Morning News, CNN, The Atlantic, The Huffington Post, The Guardian, The Christian Science Monitor, Aljazeera, and more. One fellow stood with the Mayor of Dallas as he called on men to end violence against women, another testified before the state legislature, and yet another was the prominent voice in an NPR program on immigrant laborers.
The TWU fellows have found their voices and learned the practical skills they needed to get those voices heard on a national and international level. The TWU Public Voices Thought Leadership Program is the ultimate example of how TWU’s commitment to civic engagement and its QEP “Learn By Doing” can help change the lives of individual women and better the world.
The Department of History and Government is currently seeking funding to help continue the program for another two years.
For more information on the national Op Ed project see: http://theopedproject.org/
The Texas Woman’s University Public Voices Thought Leadership Program Fellows for 2012-2013:
- April Allen, Executive Director, KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth
- Allison Brim, Dallas County Organizing Director, Texas Organizing Project
- Anna M. Clark, President, Earth People, LLC
- Is pink milk the new pink slime?
- Dallas Ratings Spike in Renewables, Too
- This is Shark Week, let’s love an animal that scares us
- Hurricane Season reveals economic perils of ignoring climate predictions
- America’s miasma of misinformation on climate change
- The rise of Evangelical environmentalists could reshape US elections
- ‘Hope and Change’: Not Just for Democrats Anymore
- New Campaign Breaks GOP Silence on Environment
- Outsourcing injustice in apparel
- Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker: Serendipity in the Creative Process
- 24/6: The Sanctity of Stop Day
- Patricia H. Davis, Executive Director, Frederick Douglass Family Foundation
- Paige Harris Flink, Executive Director, The Family Place
- Florencia Velasco Fortner, President & CEO, The Concilio
- Jaime C. Hanks, Managing Director, Children at Risk, Inc. of North Texas
- Dena L. Jackson, Vice President of Grants and Research, Dallas Women’s Foundation
- Hind Jarrah, Executive Director, Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation
- Ellen Magnis, Chief of External Affairs, Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center
- Jeanne E. McCarty, Executive Director, Real School Gardens
- Katie Pedigo, Executive Director, New Friends New Life
- Linda J. Rubin, Professor of Psychology, Texas Woman’s University
- Stigma and mental illness in the aftermath of mass shootings
- The Masculinity Police Perpetuates Gender Pay Gap
- To End rape, we need the F-Word
- Claire L. Sahlin, Professor & Chair, Department of Women’s Studies, Texas Woman’s University
- Vanina Sloan, Communications & Marketing Director, Girls Incorporated of Metropolitan Dallas
- Joy Strickland, Founder & CEO, Mothers Against Teen Violence, Inc.
- Abigail Claire Tilton, Interim Associate Dean, Arts & Sciences Program Director, Social Work Program Associate Professor, Texas Woman’s University
- Cristina Tzintzun, Executive Director, Workers Defense Project
- Nancy Webb, Vice President of Organizational Advancement, Big Thought
- Ellen Wood, Co-Founder, Teaching Trust
- Cynthia Yung, Executive Director, The Boone Family Foundation , Executive Director, The Boone Family Foundation
- Diane Hosey, Director of Programs and Education, The Embrey Family Foundation
- Barbara Presnall, TWU Op-Ed Coordinator, Professor of Government, Texas Woman’s University
- Kate Landdeck, TWU Op-Ed Coordinator, Associate Professor of History, Texas Woman’s University
- From a Professor’s Perspective: Advice for College Students
- Why Aren’t More Soccer Moms Soccer Coaches?
- Growing Up in America (radio show – Dr. Landdeck’s interview starts around the 43 minute mark)