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OpEd Project: Tucson Public Voices Fellowship

According to research by the OpEd Project, six years ago, less than 15% of key commentary forums (published op-eds) were written by women. Recognizing the need to change the public discourse, in the fall of 2013, the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona, in partnership with the University of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and local philanthropists, brought a national initiative called the Public Voices Fellowship to Tucson. The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences was especially interested bringing the OpEd Project to Tucson because of its fit with the public outreach mission of the UA, and the College has been an active partner in the program since its launch.

First piloted at Yale, the goal is to increase the influence of women and minority thought leaders, changing who narrates our world.

In our first three years, 58 Fellows published over 170 op-eds, as well as 50+ TV/radio appearances, keynote speeches and awards. Fellows have published in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, CNN, the Guardian, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, ESPN, Al Jazeera America, The Hill, Stanford Social Innovation Review, The Huffington Post and The Root. They have launched new research studies, leveraged new funding streams, and shaped local and national debate and policy. Today, over 25% of published op-eds are written by women.

Interested in learning more? Please contact Dawne Bell, CEO of the Women’s Foundation, to learn more.

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Funding generously provided by:

Diamond Family Philanthropies
The David and Lura Lovell Foundation
Mike and Beth Kasser
The Marshall Foundation
Southwest Airlines, the Official Airline of the Women’s Foundation

 

The University of Arizona | College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
The University of Arizona | College of Humanities
The University of Arizona | College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
The University of Arizona | University Relations
The Valley Fund for the Advancement of Women and Girls at the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona

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2016-2017 Fellows

Community Leaders:

Liz Baker
Amy Burnham Greiner
Gabriela Cervantes
Dolores Duran-Cerda
Gail E. Emrick, MPH
Patricia Lee Jackson
Julie Kasper
Heather Metcalf
Michelle Pitot
Lisa Soltani MD MPH

2016-2017 Fellows

University of Arizona:

Ilana Addis
Leah Durán
Jennifer Earl
Andrea K. Gerlak
Rachana Kamtekar
Negar Katirai
Patricia MacCorquodale
Dr.Tanisha N. Price-Johnson
Kendal H. Washington White
Ada M. Wilkinson-Lee

See the impact of our 2015-2016 Fellows:

2015-2016 Fellows

Community Leaders:

Carrie Brennan
Mimi Coomler
Martha W. Gilliland, Ph.D.
Cindy Godwin
E. Liane Hernandez
Pam Hopman
Jeannette Maré
Judith McDaniel
Stephanie Sklar
Molly Stranahan

2015-2016 Fellows

University of Arizona:

Shirin D. Antia
Paloma Inés Beamer
Ann Marie Chiasson, MD
Melanie Hingle
Kristine A. Huskey
Sofia Martinez Ramos, M.B.A., Ph.D.
Beth Mitchneck
Dr. Krista Millay
Tricia R. Serio, PhD
Phyllis Clark Taoua

Hear from the 2014-2015 Fellows:

2014 – 2015 Fellows

Community Leaders:

Edna Meza Aguirre
Lindsay Abbott
Carmen Armijo Marriott
Alexcis Spencer Lopez
Teresa Cowan Jones
Evan Mendelson
Stephanie A. Parker
Laura Penny

2014-2015 Fellows

University of Arizona:

Rosi Andrade
Adele Barker
Sheri Bauman
Suzanne Dovi
Kate Kenski
Raina M. Maier
Victoria Maizes
Cecile McKee
Anna Ochoa O’Leary
Nancy K. Sweitzer
Amanda Tachine

Be inspired by the 2013-2014 Fellows:

2013-2014 Fellows

Community Leaders:

Patti Caldwell
Isabel G. Garcia
Maura Grogan
Daisy M. Jenkins
Ann W. Lovell
Suzanne McFarlin
Colleen Meyer Niccum
Laura Shaw
Elise Collins Shields
Sarah Smallhouse

2013-2014 Fellows

University of Arizona:

Ana Christina Da Silva Iddings
Regina Deil-Amen
Mindy J. Fain
Leila Hudson
Jill Koyama
Diana Liverman
Ellen McMahon
Ann M. Mastergeorge