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Establishing a Public Profile

What is a public profile and why does it matter? How can a public profile help you use your academic passions to inspire and influence others in your community and beyond? The TWU Women’s Thought Leadership Program invites you to join us for a virtual panel discussion with three North Texas thought leaders who will talk about the steps they have taken to establish a public profile. Drawing from their own experiences, our panelists will share their stories and offer advice and concrete steps you can take to expand your public presence and amplify the power of your ideas. 

Date: Tuesday, October 26, 2021
Location: Virtual (Zoom)
Time: 2-3 p.m.
Registration: https://bit.ly/publicprofiletwu

Sponsored by The Women’s Thought Leadership Program. The Women’s Thought Leadership Program is funded by the Jane Nelson Institute For Women’s Leadership.


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Emily Farris

Associate Professor of Political Science at Texas Christian University

Emily Farris (M.A., Ph.D. Brown University; B.A. Furman University) is an associate professor of political science at Texas Christian University. Her research in American politics focuses on local politics and explores questions of representation and participation in regard to gender, racial, and ethnic identity. She received her MA and PhD from Brown University and BA from Furman University. Her published work has appeared in Political Analysis, Political Research Quarterly, Politics, Groups, and Identities, and other political and social science journals. She’s regularly involved in public scholarship and frequently interacts with the press, having been quoted or appeared in almost 40 outlets, including the New York Times, Vox, The Guardian, and The Atlantic, and is active on Twitter with more than 18,000 followers.


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Gloria Gonzales-Dholakia

Executive Director of Jolt Initiative and Jolt Action

Gloria Gonzales-Dholakia is the Executive Director of Jolt Initiative and Jolt Action. Gloria is a first-generation to college Tejana committed to equity and underrepresented communities. Gloria was the first Latina elected to the Leander ISD Board of Trustees and continues to dovetail her passion for innovation, equity and inclusion, and education as a community organizer and volunteer. She believes in the power of people unified working for a greater good.


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Kimberly O’Neil

Chief Executive Officer of Giving Blueprint

Kimberly O'Neil is an award-winning professor, executive leader, and social good expert who served as the youngest African-American female city manager in the United States. As a veteran senior government and nonprofit executive, she has led activities that have generated more than $20 million for community initiatives, negotiated major urban economic development projects, and used her voice to impact public policy decisions while lobbying in New York City and on Capitol Hill.

As an advocate for reducing inequities within communities of color, Kimberly now serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Giving Blueprint, a company focused on increasing community and business development opportunities through philanthropy, policy and advocacy, and education. Through Giving Blueprint, she leads Cause Studio, an education and professional development initiative for startup nonprofit organizations. She is a board member of Social Venture Partners Dallas, a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and a founding member of HERitage Giving Fund - the first black-led giving circle in Texas.

Op-Eds across the Disciplines

This workshop will provide an opportunity (1) to discuss the value of public scholarship for students at all levels and (2) hands-on experience to help you develop op-ed assignments in your classroom.  

Date: Friday, November 12
Location: Virtual (Zoom). Register today for the Zoom link and workshop resources. 
Time: 9:00AM-12:00PM

What you’ll gain

In this workshop, you will have the opportunity to discuss the value of public scholarship for students. We’ll provide examples of existing op-ed assignments for various disciplines before walking you through the process of creating your own assignment and rubric. You will leave the workshop with a drafted assignment and feedback from your workshop community. 

Why public scholarship? 

  • Help students develop transferable skills

  • Teach students to translate their academic expertise for non-academic audiences

  • Enrich students’ understanding of and ability to explain the value of your discipline 

  • Increase students’ capacity to be agents of change in their communities by providing opportunities to amplify their voices in public discourses

  • Strengthen students’ marketable skills, especially their writing and communication skills 

Who should sign up?

We welcome faculty at all ranks, including contingent faculty and graduate students who are or will soon be instructors of record. We also welcome faculty from all disciplines.

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