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Meet the 20 women selected as 2015-2016 Fellows.

The third year of the Tucson Public Voices Fellowship starts this fall as we welcome 20 new Fellows, selected from a highly competitive pool. The Fellows include academic leaders from the University of Arizona and community leaders from throughout Tucson.

Through the generosity of local philanthropists and a partnership of the University of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS), the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona and The OpEd Project, this national program first came to Tucson in the fall of 2013.

“It’s hard to be what you can’t see. If all the thought leaders we see on television and or those who pen articles are mostly men, mostly white, it’s very difficult to think that that could be you,” said Ann Lovell, CPA, President of the David and Lura Lovell Foundation and Vice President of Women Moving Millions.

“This program is about how we change these very perceptions,” said Lovell. “By mentoring women thought leaders, helping them see that they are experts and that we need to hear from them, it makes a big difference, not just individually but in how we move the needle – how we begin to envision women as leaders. I want a world where men and women have equal opportunities.”

According to research by The OpEd Project, 80% of published op-eds are written by men. This program seeks to change who narrates our world.

“I want to congratulate all the incoming fellows, including those from inside and beyond the UA. This is a great partnership between the College of SBS, the Lovell Foundation, and the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona, and we are pleased to enter our third year of collaboration,” said John Paul Jones III, Dean, College of SBS.

The year-long unique fellowship program provides skills development and sustained mentorship for thought leaders working to change the public conversation.

Dean Jones continued: “Our faculty invariably tells me how professionally enriching the Public Voices training has been. It’s enabled them to reach new and diverse audiences across the world. And perhaps as importantly, they have forged close friendships and professional alliances with fellows from the community, all to the betterment of Tucson and the region.”

2015-2016 Tucson Public Voices 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

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

In our first two years of the program, 38 Fellows published over 100 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, Reuters, 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.

Click here to learn more about the Tucson Public Voices Fellowship and read the published work of local leaders in our searchable archives.

Congratulations to the 2015-2016 Fellows. We can’t wait to see their voices influencing the public sphere this year.