2013 NEW Leadership™ Texas
During the 2013 summer institute 21 college women joined us from 16 universities and colleges across the state!
Read below for highlights from the week, May 31 - June 4!
Faculty in Residence (FIRs)
Lulu Flores, Jennifer Kim, and Mavis Knight served as our FIRs this year. They stayed in the San Jacinto Residence Hall all week with students and staff, and were available to advise students all week!
Lulu is the former president of the National Women’s Political Caucus, Mavis is a current member of the Texas State Board of Education, and Jennifer is a former Austin City Council Member. Thank You FIRs!
Why YOU Should Think About Running for Office
A huge thank you to these women for their service on the panel titled “Why YOU Should Think About Running For Office:
- Lulu Flores, FIR and Moderator
- Christi Craddick, Texas Railroad Commissioner
- Mary Edna González, Texas State Representative
- Laura Morrison, Austin City Council Member
- The Honorable Lora J. Livingston, 261st District Court of Travis County
- Jennifer Kim, Former Austin City Council Member
Trip to the Texas State Capitol and Austin City Hall
NEW Leadership™ Texas participants spent Monday, June 3, touring the Texas State Capitol and Austin City Hall. At the Capitol, students were able to watch the House special session convene and they met with State Representative Donna Howard along with a panel of Capitol staffers. A Resolution was passed for NEW Leadership™ Texas which was signed by Speaker Joe Straus.
At Austin City Hall, the students met with several leaders in Austin local government. A proclamation was issued making June 3, 2013, NEW Leadership™ Texas Day in Austin, Texas!
- Karen Kennard, Austin City Attorney
- Rhoda Mae Kerr, Austin Fire Chief
- Veronica Lara, Director, Small and Minority Business
- Margo Frasier, Austin Police Monitor
- Esther Chung, Asian American Community Archivist
- The panel was moderated by Austin City Council Member, Laura Morison
**A surprise visit by Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell was a special treat.
We were honored to have Carole Keeton Strayhorn join us for a reception and give the Keynote Address to our students and guests. She discussed the importance of women going into public service as well as her amazing career. Carole’s resume is full of “firsts”—first woman president of the Austin School Board, first woman president of Austin Community College Board of Trustees; first and only woman Mayor of Austin, and the only mayor elected by the citizens for three successive terms. Elected to statewide office four times, Carole is the first woman elected and reelected Texas Railroad Commissioner and the first woman elected and reelected Texas Comptroller.
Workshops and Panels
Throughout the week, students learned about their leadership styles, diversity and social justice, public speaking, networking, managing their message, and advocacy in workshops and panel discussions.
Political Action Project
Students worked in groups to research the topic of School Choice/School Vouchers culminating with a mock legislative hearing on this issue. Students represented legislators, advocacy groups, lobbyists, and the press. To gain more understanding on this issue, students heard from a panel of policy experts that debated the issue and answered questions. Our policy experts were:
- Jeffrey Patterson, Texas Catholic Conference
- Laura K Kelly, Institute for Public School Initiatives
- Louis Malfaro, Texas American Federation of Teachers
- Catherine Clark, Texas Association of School Boards
- Moderated by Mavis Knight, FIR, and State Board of Education Member
Special thanks to the Embrey Family Foundation, H-E-B, and Mr. Gatti’s Pizza for their support.