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TWU continues participation in The OpEd initiative, announces 2014 Fellows


DENTON – Texas Woman’s University is participating in The OpEd Project’s 2014 Public Voices Thought Leadership program, a national initiative to increase the number of women contributing to newspaper opinion columns, television and radio talk shows and other key commentary forums traditionally dominated by men. According to the project’s website, only 20 percent of opinion pieces in the media are written by women.

The 2014 Public Voices Through Leadership Fellows participating in The OpEd Project at TWU are: Eliza Alvarado, a political strategist from South Texas and doctoral candidate in public affairs at the University of Texas at Dallas; Tammy Cline-Soza, owner of the Behavior Exchange therapy center in Plano; Stephany Compton, an academic librarian at TWU; Dr. Carmen Cruz, assistant director and director of training at the TWU Counseling Center; Dr. Sara Fanning, assistant professor of history at TWU; Dr. Mandy Golman, an assistant professor of health studies at TWU; Susan Hamilton, director of community and family partnerships with the East Dallas Community Schools education system; Michelle Hays, chair of the TWU Department of Visual Arts; retired Air Force Lt. Col. Nancy Klein, a 21-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force; Dr. Alice Masciarelli, executive director of the Denton Community Health Clinic; Wendy McGee, executive director of the Fred Moore Day Nursery School in Denton; Amy O’Keefe, director of commuter and non-traditional student services at TWU; Jana C. Perez, associate professor of art at TWU; Michelle Prudhomme-Coleman, program coordinator for intercultural services at TWU; Dr. Annetta Ramsay, founder and director of Chrysalis – a group treatment program for eating disorders in Denton; Dr. Katie Rose, associate professor of child development at TWU; retired Air Force Maj. General Mary Saunders, executive director of the TWU Leadership Institute; Dr. Mona Kazim Shah, host and producer of the radio show “Politics Today” that focuses on political issues in Pakistan; Dr. Heather Speed, associate vice president of student services at TWU; and Dr. Mary Amanda “Mandy” Stewart, assistant professor of bilingual and English as a Second Language education at TWU.

Many of the top universities in the nation including Stanford, Yale, Princeton, Dartmouth, Columbia, Emory and Northwestern take part in The OpEd Project to increase the public visibility and opinion influence of their women faculty members and leaders in their communities.

“Having participated in the project before, we can truly see the impact it has had in increasing women’s voices and thought leadership in public discourse and discussion,” said Dr. Barbara Presnall, professor and interim chair of the TWU Department of History and Government. Dr. Presnall is coordinating the TWU program with Dr. Katherine Landdeck, TWU associate professor of history.

According to The OpEd Project, TWU’s participation in the initiative in 2012-2013 was one of the most successful in the program’s history, with 20 participants placing more than 80 opinion pieces in major media outlets including, the Atlantic, the Guardian, the Huffington Post, the Dallas Morning News and several local radio and TV stations.

Starting this spring, professional journalists associated with The OpEd Project will come to the TWU Denton campus to present small seminars and one-on-one mentoring to the 2014 Public Voices Through Leadership Fellows.

The Kaleta A. Doolin Advised Fund at the Dallas Women’s Foundation, the TWU Department of History and Government and the TWU Office of Student Life are sponsoring The OpEd project at TWU. For more information about the project, visit

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