This is Loretta, a student at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at UT. She’s from Philly but likes Austin’s weather better, and every morning she eats a breakfast taco from O’s on campus.
Loretta just finished co-chairing a weeklong event that was all about building bridges and starting conversations. The annual Barbara Jordan Forum focuses on policy issues important to Jordan, who was a ground-breaking lawyer, educator, US congresswoman (the first African-American congresswoman to come from the deep South) and state legislator (the first woman ever elected to the Texas Senate).
Loretta and her co-chairs organized several panel discussions about civil rights, gender rights, LGBTQ+ rights, criminal justice and more. They ended with a day of student community service at the Barbara Jordan Early College Prep School. This was all volunteered time, in addition to her work as a full-time student and her 15-hour-a-week job in the dean's office.
She has an undergraduate degree from Macalester College in St. Paul and a master’s from American University. She’s worked at the Dept. of Homeland Security and the Dept. of Transportation. She'll graduate from LBJ this May, and her ideal job would be working for the State Department in a Spanish-speaking country. I’m sure her killer smile will help her succeed.