Author: Sarah Melecki

Military Sexual Trauma Among Female Service Members: Prevalence, Procedure, and Possible Solutions

Students from Dr. Jacqueline Angel’s LBJ School seminar “Women and the Changing World of Work,” address obstacles faced by women in the military in this series. To view more of the series, please click the “Women in the Military” tag below.  Author’s Note: *Trigger Warning* This piece discusses sexual assault. Congress, military leadership, and the American public are growing increasingly concerned with military sexual trauma. Sexual assault in the military is of particular importance because it disrupts military readiness and troop cohesion and is correlated with long- and short-term mental health services, lost productivity, pain and suffering for victims. According...

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Diversity at the Civil Rights Summit

April 8-10, 2014 marked some of the best and most important days in my time as a student at the LBJ School. I am extremely proud that our school had a significant role in the creation and implementation of the Civil Rights Summit, marking the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act. Several times over the past few weeks I have found myself thinking about the stroke of luck I had in being a student during this time. The Summit brought together some of the greatest minds and most courageous people in our nations history. I...

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Who Was Barbara Jordan?

  Who was Barbara Jordan? A basic Internet search will tell you that she was “an American politician and a leader of the Civil Rights movement.” Who was Barbara Jordan? If you dig a little deeper, you will find that she “was a lawyer and educator who was a congresswoman from 1972 to 1978 – the first African-American congresswoman to come from the deep South and the first woman ever elected to the Texas Senate (1966).” Who was Barbara Jordan? Molly Ivins said, “Barbara had a really strong sense that never deserted her of who she was and who she was fighting for. She was always on the side of people who never got a fair break, and she was absolutely convinced that this system, this democracy, if it lived up to its ideals, would provide liberty and justice for all, and she never wavered in that faith, and she worked like hell to make it come true.” Who was Barbara Jordan? I think about her a lot. I was first introduced to her in 2005, while attending a high school leadership conference in Washington D.C. I was assigned to a room named after her, but I knew nothing about her. When I got home I asked my parents why a room would be named after a person named Barbara Jordan. My parents were mortified – they had let me go...

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