Sociology Students Selected for Leadership Program

Two undergraduate UT Dallas sociology majors are among a select group of female college students headed for the NEW Leadership Texas program at the University of Texas at Austin this summer. Jessica D' Souza '14 and Diane Oxley '13 were chosen from among applicants from colleges and universities across Texas.

The six-day, non-partisan residential program is designed to give college women the skills and knowledge required for effective leadership in public policy, politics and public service. Sponsored by the Center for Women's and Gender Studies in the College of Liberal Arts, this year's program is scheduled for May 30 to June 4.

During their stay in Austin, D' Souza and Oxley will meet with women in a variety of public roles. They also will explore ideas about leadership and politics and learn about women's political participation.

“Being accepted to the NEW Leadership Texas program is the perfect culmination to my UT Dallas experience as I graduate this August with my B.A. in Sociology,” said Oxley. “My field of study, along with a lifelong passion for service, has ignited a passion to take this knowledge out and advocate for change in our society.

“The NEW Leadership program's focus on women's leadership provides an amazing opportunity to participate in workshops on networking, public speaking and strategic communication, discuss politics and public policy, and network with women who share a commitment to make a difference in our communities by shaping the public agenda,” Oxley added.

D' Souza echoed her classmate's enthusiasm for the program. “Participating in the NEW Leadership Texas Program is an exciting opportunity to learn first-hand about the important junction of sociology and real world applications through public policy,” she said. “The program teaches young women how to be effective leaders shaping the world through policy and public service as well as good communication and strong leadership. I am grateful for the opportunity to immerse myself in a week of political discussions, workshops and constant learning with college students from across the state."