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TWU alumna overcomes hardships on journey to Austin

Dawna-Diamond Tyson's life has been a bit of a rollercoaster. But with a master's degree in political science from TWU in hand, Tyson is at the 88th regular session of the Texas Legislature as a policy analyst for José Menéndez, state senator from San Antonio.

TWU alum focusing on speech pathology needs for Zambia

When you become the first woman in Zambia to earn a PhD as a speech therapist and establish the country’s first rehabilitation center in speech pathology, what do you do for an encore?

If you’re Muchinka Peele, who graduated last fall from Texas Woman’s with a PhD in special education with an emphasis in communication sciences, you start Zambia’s first bachelor’s program in speech and language pathology.

Pageant title spurs OTD student to pursue greater role in supporting homeless

Aryana Bosh is small but mighty. The 5'2" Texas Woman’s occupational therapy doctoral student has big plans, big ideas and a lot to say.

Hearing loss can’t dash student’s drive to become nurse

Alana Douglas has a longtime goal of becoming a nurse, and even though life threw an unforeseen hurdle in her path, she’s managed to stay on course.

Meet TWU's first Black male doctor of dance

This summer, Iquail Shaheed presented and successfully defended his dissertation to become the first Black male to earn a PhD in dance at TWU.

"I am a doctor of dance," Shaheed said. "A doctor of joyous dance. I'm so excited, I can't believe it."

TWU alumna had one-of-a-kind path to PhD

Sometimes, the path to a PhD can be quite interesting. Other times, the journey can be downright challenging. For Florence Osuofa, it was both.

Doctoral student seeks to help country after civil war

Agueda Gomes grew up in the Angolan civil war. Today, the Texas Woman’s University doctoral student is working to help the people of her country affected by the war and improve educational opportunities in the region.

Sight impaired student embraces new cultural experiences

As an individual who experiences blindness, Demetria Ober never imagined having the courage to leave the comfort of her support system in Texas to transplant to another country and immerse herself in a foreign language and culture.

TWU staff member dedicated to educating, empowering student leaders

Texas Woman’s Director of the Center for Student Leadership Lawrencina Mason Oramalu is on a mission to help all TWU students discover and develop the leader within. Although an attorney by training, Oramalu has spent her career working in education, and she understands that effective leadership is needed in all industries and at all levels.

TWU was integral to lawyer’s success

Landon Dickerson made history in 2014 as the first male elected student body president at Texas Woman’s University. Now, as a mental health prosecutor in the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office, he’s working on a new program to provide services for people with mental illness who are caught up in the legal system.

First Black student’s legacy still felt 61 years later

She may not have fully grasped the magnitude of it at the time, but the first step Alsenia Dowells took as a student 61 years ago on the Texas Woman’s University campus in Denton was huge.

Dowells was the first and only Black student enrolled at Texas Woman’s in the fall of 1961.

Student Spotlight: SGA President, Theo Sam-Brew

Student Government Association (SGA) President, Theodora “Theo” Sam-Brew wants to encourage more students to get involved with SGA. Learn more about her and opportunities to get involved.

NaTasha Rogers is ready to heal the world with patience, compassion and music

Professional musician, sound engineer, entrepreneur and full-time graduate student NaTasha Rogers has a lot on her plate these days, but she juggles it all with a spirit of profound positivity and infinite strength, even in the face of adversity.

Doctoral student Chelle Luper Wilson isn’t just preserving history, she’s making it

Historian, speaker, entrepreneur and social justice activist Chelle Luper Wilson is no stranger to the limelight, and her activism was recognized when she was awarded the 2020 National Association of Black Journalists’ (NABJ) Angelo B. Henderson Community Service Award. The honor, named after the late Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, is given to a journalist who goes above and beyond to make a positive impact in their community.

Despite obstacles, Matthews continues to move forward

When Ryan Matthews crossed the Texas Woman’s University commencement stage in December 2019, it felt almost surreal.

Wayne Brewer, PhD: Affecting health care through research and teaching

TWU Associate Professor of Physical Therapy Wayne Brewer, PT, PhD (’14), MPH, OCS, CSCS, brings his passion for discovery and affecting change to everything he does—particularly his research and teaching.

Muchinka Peele: TWU student leads cause for change in Zambia

TWU PhD student Muchinka Peele (special education) is on a mission to help the people of Zambia. Traditionally in her home country, those with disabilities have been shamed and hidden. Education and advocacy are slowly changing these views, and Peele is leading the cause.

Freeman relishes TWU’s role in battling COVID-19 virus

Sometimes, history is made in relative obscurity. Other times, historic events become apparent the instant they happen. For Tanisha Freeman and her student health team, they knew right away that they were a part of history when they received the first shipment of vaccinations to combat the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Life-altering experience set path for career

As a caregiver to her late husband, Cheryl Thaxton, DNP, APRN, CPNP, FNP-BC, CHPPN, ACHPN, FPCN, was so inspired by the palliative care team that worked with her family that she chose to shift her career path to focus on becoming a palliative care provider to help others.

After earning bachelor’s at 70, grandmother has eye on master’s

If fulfilling her lifelong ambition of earning a bachelor’s degree wasn’t proof enough that Edna Rawson won’t let age be a barrier to her success, consider this: The 70-year-old grandmother now has her sights set on a master’s degree in social work.

TWU student uses new experiences to challenge himself and launch career

A Q&A with College of Business marketing student Joseph Mallory

Carla Robertson (BS '85): Mending seams and broken dreams through education, community service

For Texas Woman’s alumna Carla Robertson (BS ‘85), fashion has always been a do-it-yourself endeavor. At the age of six, Robertson learned how to sew from her mother. By the time she was 12, she was making all of her own clothes, and at 16, she began sewing custom creations for private clients.

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