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The OpEd Project is a social venture founded to enrich and expand the world's conversation, by increasing the range of voices we hear from in the world--especially women's voices. Working with top universities, think tanks, nonprofits, corporations and community organizations across the nation, we scout and train women and other under-represented experts to take thought leadership positions in their fields (though op-eds and more); we connect them with our national network of high-level media mentors; and we vet and channel the best ideas directly to media gatekeepers across all platforms. We also offer day-long program open to the public in major cities across the nation, on a rotating basis.

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"Last summer, I decided to give myself a session with The OpEd Project over #Juneteenth weekend. I had an idea to write ...
06/16/2021

"Last summer, I decided to give myself a session with The OpEd Project over #Juneteenth weekend. I had an idea to write something about #payequity and spending a weekend that symbolizes liberation in my community felt like the perfect time to do that. The OpEd Project helped me see that I had more to offer the world than just my opinions on pay equity. The session sparked an idea for supporting broader #equity and #antiracism work. So on the evening of Summer Solstice 2020, the idea for The Equity Practice was born. We help organizations and individuals move beyond conversations about race to actions for equity through training and consulting.” - Alli Myatt, an alum of The OpEd Project

Learn more about The Equity Practice here: https://www.theequitypractice.com/

"Last summer, I decided to give myself a session with The OpEd Project over #Juneteenth weekend. I had an idea to write something about #payequity and spending a weekend that symbolizes liberation in my community felt like the perfect time to do that. The OpEd Project helped me see that I had more to offer the world than just my opinions on pay equity. The session sparked an idea for supporting broader #equity and #antiracism work. So on the evening of Summer Solstice 2020, the idea for The Equity Practice was born. We help organizations and individuals move beyond conversations about race to actions for equity through training and consulting.” - Alli Myatt, an alum of The OpEd Project

Learn more about The Equity Practice here: https://www.theequitypractice.com/

“Four years ago, I was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. I'm in remission today, and the Affordable Care Act saved my life....
06/03/2021

“Four years ago, I was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. I'm in remission today, and the Affordable Care Act saved my life. I've been advocating for the ACA ever since. My #nonprofit Health Care Voices organizes adults with serious medical conditions. I also serve as Executive Director of Get America Covered, a nonprofit doing outreach, #education and #advocacy around the ACA.

“I heard about The OpEd Project from a friend, Linda at Social Security Works. She mentioned it in my nonprofit's free media training for storytellers last year. The OpEd Project’s trainings have helped me step up my game, from the #editing and guidance they offer - especially in learning how to frame our own credentials - to the tips on #pitching from their advanced workshop: Accelerating Ideas.” - Laura Packard, an Alum Ambassador with The OpEd Project

Read Laura’s piece On how the American Rescue Plan is just the beginning of how Biden proposes to reshape our #healthcare: https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2021/03/23/biden-affordable-care-act-path-to-universal-coverage-column/4763353001/

“Four years ago, I was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. I'm in remission today, and the Affordable Care Act saved my life. I've been advocating for the ACA ever since. My #nonprofit Health Care Voices organizes adults with serious medical conditions. I also serve as Executive Director of Get America Covered, a nonprofit doing outreach, #education and #advocacy around the ACA.

“I heard about The OpEd Project from a friend, Linda at Social Security Works. She mentioned it in my nonprofit's free media training for storytellers last year. The OpEd Project’s trainings have helped me step up my game, from the #editing and guidance they offer - especially in learning how to frame our own credentials - to the tips on #pitching from their advanced workshop: Accelerating Ideas.” - Laura Packard, an Alum Ambassador with The OpEd Project

Read Laura’s piece On how the American Rescue Plan is just the beginning of how Biden proposes to reshape our #healthcare: https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2021/03/23/biden-affordable-care-act-path-to-universal-coverage-column/4763353001/

“I'm a social #entrepreneur committed to the fight for racial & gender #equity within communities of color. I apply inno...
05/28/2021

“I'm a social #entrepreneur committed to the fight for racial & gender #equity within communities of color. I apply innovation to policy, programs & advocacy in a way that addresses historical & procedural barriers to entry, access & improved outcomes.

"I recently ran for New York City Council in the first-ever ranked choice voting election in #NYC. I was the youngest #womanofcolor in the race and I came in 4th place out of 9 candidates. I ran for office as a grassroots #candidate because I wanted to lead by example and show my community how to use our political #power for social & economic mobility & to become the change we say we want to see in America.

"Now I am committed to expanding my voice through publications & media to add a much-needed perspective to the role of #democracy, women & innovation. I believe that policy is enforced through advocacy & advocacy is the voice of the people. And guess what, (here is the quote) 'when people are informed and inspired, the world opens up to new possibilities.'

"I want to inspire the world to be the change it wants to see. The OpEd Project is an amazing discovery that is helping me find & not be afraid of my authentic voice. The workshop helped me believe in myself enough to know that my voice matters & I have something valuable to share. I needed to find a tribe of free thinkers willing to share their voices with the world for the sake of change. The OpEd Project is a community of brilliance and one I look forward to being a part of for the long-term goal.” - LaToya Benjamin, an The OpEd Project alum

To learn more about LaToya, read a piece about her: https://www.rockawave.com/articles/latoya-benjamin/

“I'm a social #entrepreneur committed to the fight for racial & gender #equity within communities of color. I apply innovation to policy, programs & advocacy in a way that addresses historical & procedural barriers to entry, access & improved outcomes.

"I recently ran for New York City Council in the first-ever ranked choice voting election in #NYC. I was the youngest #womanofcolor in the race and I came in 4th place out of 9 candidates. I ran for office as a grassroots #candidate because I wanted to lead by example and show my community how to use our political #power for social & economic mobility & to become the change we say we want to see in America.

"Now I am committed to expanding my voice through publications & media to add a much-needed perspective to the role of #democracy, women & innovation. I believe that policy is enforced through advocacy & advocacy is the voice of the people. And guess what, (here is the quote) 'when people are informed and inspired, the world opens up to new possibilities.'

"I want to inspire the world to be the change it wants to see. The OpEd Project is an amazing discovery that is helping me find & not be afraid of my authentic voice. The workshop helped me believe in myself enough to know that my voice matters & I have something valuable to share. I needed to find a tribe of free thinkers willing to share their voices with the world for the sake of change. The OpEd Project is a community of brilliance and one I look forward to being a part of for the long-term goal.” - LaToya Benjamin, an The OpEd Project alum

To learn more about LaToya, read a piece about her: https://www.rockawave.com/articles/latoya-benjamin/

#WriteToChangeTheWorld with @theopedproject this #pridemonth2021🌈 open to all, regardless of means. We have scholarships...
05/26/2021

#WriteToChangeTheWorld with @theopedproject this #pridemonth2021🌈 open to all, regardless of means. We have scholarships available for those in need!

More info & registration: theopedproject.org/seminars

Still reeling from the pandemic & unnecessary loss of Black lives? Come hear some of our most powerful & treasured write...
05/24/2021

Still reeling from the pandemic & unnecessary loss of Black lives? Come hear some of our most powerful & treasured writers discuss the human scale of last year's upheaval — and offer solace.

Tracy K. Smith presents There’s a Revolution Outside, My Love: Letters from a Crisis with contributors Gregory Pardlo and Major Jackson moderated The OpEd Project leader & facilitator Julie Scelfo.

Wednesday, June 2, 7:30 PM ET

Register here: https://www.greenlightbookstore.com/event/tracy-k-smith-w-gregory-pardlo-major-jackson-w-julie-scelfo

Still reeling from the pandemic & unnecessary loss of Black lives? Come hear some of our most powerful & treasured writers discuss the human scale of last year's upheaval — and offer solace.

Tracy K. Smith presents There’s a Revolution Outside, My Love: Letters from a Crisis with contributors Gregory Pardlo and Major Jackson moderated The OpEd Project leader & facilitator Julie Scelfo.

Wednesday, June 2, 7:30 PM ET

Register here: https://www.greenlightbookstore.com/event/tracy-k-smith-w-gregory-pardlo-major-jackson-w-julie-scelfo

“I’ve always thought that #communication has the power to influence people, culture, society, a nation, and even the who...
05/21/2021

“I’ve always thought that #communication has the power to influence people, culture, society, a nation, and even the whole world. The OpEd Project has a concrete method to prove this. I began working as an intern in January 2020, and I was hired 6 months later as the Social Media and Marketing Associate. Ever since, I have been amplifying the stories of underrepresented people who are literally changing history and the world. I am also proud to oversee our Mentor-Editor program, where I play my part in getting new ideas out into public discourse. I recently published my first piece (via Newsweek) thanks to The OpEd Project’s training, resources, and amazing mentors, so I experienced personally the impact of my own voice and learned that what I have to say matters.” - Alegria Sanchis, Social Media and Marketing Associate of The OpEd Project

Read Alegría’s piece on how the U.S. is letting thousands of #COVID19 vaccines go to waste every day: https://www.newsweek.com/i-flew-almost-2000-miles-get-covid-19-vaccine-opinion-1588537

#theopedproject #writetochangetheworld #publicvoices

“I’ve always thought that #communication has the power to influence people, culture, society, a nation, and even the whole world. The OpEd Project has a concrete method to prove this. I began working as an intern in January 2020, and I was hired 6 months later as the Social Media and Marketing Associate. Ever since, I have been amplifying the stories of underrepresented people who are literally changing history and the world. I am also proud to oversee our Mentor-Editor program, where I play my part in getting new ideas out into public discourse. I recently published my first piece (via Newsweek) thanks to The OpEd Project’s training, resources, and amazing mentors, so I experienced personally the impact of my own voice and learned that what I have to say matters.” - Alegria Sanchis, Social Media and Marketing Associate of The OpEd Project

Read Alegría’s piece on how the U.S. is letting thousands of #COVID19 vaccines go to waste every day: https://www.newsweek.com/i-flew-almost-2000-miles-get-covid-19-vaccine-opinion-1588537

#theopedproject #writetochangetheworld #publicvoices

05/13/2021
Impact Story

A big shout out to Silvia Foti, an Alum Ambassador of The OpEd Project, who has changed the history of a nation.

Check out this 90-sec video of her story & impact!

“In my time at The OpEd Project, I've seen the clear and direct impact of our work. I've seen people reframe how they un...
05/05/2021

“In my time at The OpEd Project, I've seen the clear and direct impact of our work. I've seen people reframe how they understand themselves as #experts and #leaders and draw from that to say and do big things in the world. And for myself, I've internalized a core message of our curriculum which is -- if you want to change the world, you have to put yourself in a position to do so.

“And so after six years with this incredible The OpEd Project network across the country and world, I'm taking steps to make an impact in the place where I grew up. I'm moving back to my hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio to become rooted in #civiclife and potentially even run for political #office one day soon. In the near term, I'll be working at Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio, fighting to ensure that #healthcare and services can be delivered to all who need them, no matter what.

“The OpEd Project has shown me that #change requires persistent #action, thoughtful challenging of dominant narratives, and an ability to see, then realize, a better world. I will take this with me forever.” - Catherine Baxter, a friend, leader, and the Director of Partnerships and New Business The OpEd Project until 5:00 pm EST today

Cat will be deeply missed, but we are confident that amazing things are waiting for her. #CatForPresident

Check out one of her many pieces on how she found value in her first job out of college: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/on-finding-value-in-your-_b_5254927

#womancrushwednesday #wcw #theopedproject #publicvoices #catbax

"No vaccines should be wasted and oversupply should be used beyond U.S. borders because after all, the pandemic goes bey...
05/05/2021
I flew almost 2,000 miles to get the COVID-19 vaccine | Opinion

"No vaccines should be wasted and oversupply should be used beyond U.S. borders because after all, the pandemic goes beyond personal choice and frontiers. The pandemic will not be over until it is over worldwide." - Alegria Sanchis, Social Media & Marketing Associate The OpEd Project (via Newsweek)

https://www.newsweek.com/i-flew-almost-2000-miles-get-covid-19-vaccine-opinion-1588537

No vaccines should be wasted and oversupply should be used beyond U.S. borders because after all, the pandemic goes beyond personal choice and frontiers.

Join our master editor Mary C. Curtis & Cimajie Best tomorrow at 5pmET for our #AskAJournalist: Edit Like a Pro with The...
04/28/2021
"Ask a Journalist": Edit Like a Pro with The OpEd Project

Join our master editor Mary C. Curtis & Cimajie Best tomorrow at 5pmET for our #AskAJournalist: Edit Like a Pro with The OpEd Project webinar!

Open to all. #PayWhatYouCan

Register TODAY to have your work considered for live editing during the session: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ask-a-journalist-edit-like-a-pro-with-the-oped-project-tickets-147806417975

This is a live 45-min session with a master editor from our team who will live-edit a few op-ed drafts & answer questions in real time.

"I’m working in the area of infodemic management, what the World Health Organization (WHO) calls, 'A tsunami of informat...
04/16/2021

"I’m working in the area of infodemic management, what the World Health Organization (WHO) calls, 'A tsunami of information, some accurate, some not that spreads alongside' #COVID.

"Gender injustice in the workplace inspired me to do what I do from the moment I started working. So I’ve used many platforms, from volunteerism through community organizing to be change. I want to inspire others to join me in working toward an equitable society.

"I recently interviewed The OpEd Project’s Anya Tudisco for Raise Your Voices, a free online writing course for Women’s HerStory Month I developed for the Hoboken Public Library. Learn more: bit.ly/RaiseYourVoices." - Diane Rubino, an The OpEd Project alum

Check out the piece Diane recently published, “Beyond Calling Out: Partnering with Men for Gender Justice" here: https://www.wiley.com/network/instructors-students/education-trends/beyond-calling-out-partnering-with-men-for-gender-justice

"I’m working in the area of infodemic management, what the World Health Organization (WHO) calls, 'A tsunami of information, some accurate, some not that spreads alongside' #COVID.

"Gender injustice in the workplace inspired me to do what I do from the moment I started working. So I’ve used many platforms, from volunteerism through community organizing to be change. I want to inspire others to join me in working toward an equitable society.

"I recently interviewed The OpEd Project’s Anya Tudisco for Raise Your Voices, a free online writing course for Women’s HerStory Month I developed for the Hoboken Public Library. Learn more: bit.ly/RaiseYourVoices." - Diane Rubino, an The OpEd Project alum

Check out the piece Diane recently published, “Beyond Calling Out: Partnering with Men for Gender Justice" here: https://www.wiley.com/network/instructors-students/education-trends/beyond-calling-out-partnering-with-men-for-gender-justice

Join our master editor Teresa Puente tomorrow at 5pmET for our #AskAJournalist: Edit Like a Pro with The OpEd Project we...
04/14/2021
"Ask a Journalist": Edit Like a Pro with The OpEd Project

Join our master editor Teresa Puente tomorrow at 5pmET for our #AskAJournalist: Edit Like a Pro with The OpEd Project webinar!

Open to all. #PayWhatYouCan

Register TODAY to have your work considered for live-editing during the session!

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ask-a-journalist-edit-like-a-pro-with-the-oped-project-tickets-140158896031

This is a live 45-min session with a master editor from our team who will live-edit a few op-ed drafts & answer questions in real time.

Congrats to the 2021 #PublicVoices Fellows on the Climate Crisis — 20 thought leaders working at the intersections of cl...
04/14/2021
Welcome to the second cohort of the Public Voices Fellowship on the Climate Crisis - Yale Program on Climate Change Communication

Congrats to the 2021 #PublicVoices Fellows on the Climate Crisis — 20 thought leaders working at the intersections of climate change science, impacts, solutions, and #socialjustice.

This Fellowship is part of The OpEd Project's national initiative to change who writes history & of the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication's work to diversify & amplify the voices behind climate change action.

There is an urgent need for new ideas from a diversity of individuals, across geography, wealth, age, race & gender, including those most impacted by #climatechange. From them, we can learn new solutions & envision a more just future.

Today we are pleased to announce the 20 Fellows of our second cohort. They were chosen from a large & extremely competitive field & we were gratified by the strong response to our call for applications.

These fellows demonstrate high-powered thought #leadership in a variety of ways, including #education, #community organizing, public #writing, and #advocacy. They all seek solutions.

For full details on the new fellows' biographies, visit: https://climatecommunication.yale.edu/news-events/welcome-to-the-second-cohort-of-the-public-voices-fellowship-on-the-climate-crisis/

For more information about the fellowship, visit: https://climatecommunication.yale.edu/about/projects/public-voices-fellowship-on-the-climate-crisis/

Just as we have seen with COVID-19, the climate crisis affects all of us, but its impacts are unevenly and unjustly distributed. Those with the greatest power to mitigate and adapt to climate change often have the least incentive to […]

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I'm so sad to find I cannot sign up for this course. The sign-up form is so difficult for someone with visual difficulties to navigate that it became impossibl.e. I tried, three days in a row, to make it through the form in the time allotted, but it was imposssible. The first day, the form would ot allow me to select (1) for the number of people to enroll. At first, the form would not allow m e to select number to enroll. Then I was going to be charged for 9 people! I tried 3 or 4 times; then gave up. The second day I fillle in the form carefully, onliy to find I could not submit it because an area I had filled in was suddenly blank. This happened over and over. All the time, I was racing to fill in all the information at the coun-down at the top of the page warned me I was running out of time. I finally got everiything done, and tried to find the "Submit" button. but I couldn't find one. There seems to be no way to contact someone at this organization for help. This is very frustrating because I love to write and have so much to say about society that I can never get out except in conversations with a few friends. I hope this organization can find some way to make it easier for dedicated and enthusiastic people to join in their project. I
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Can someone advise me on whether it's customary to thank the oped editor after they've published your piece?
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You walk in thinking you are going to spend a weekend writing, what you get is so much more.
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Why is the Media allowed to Discriminate by reporting and not allowing Racism against Black people while at the same time promoting Racism against Native Americans? DICTIONARY.COM REDSKIN – [Red-skin] Noun, A disparaging and offensive contemptuous term used to refer to a North American Indian. N-WORD – Noun, A disparaging and offensive contemptuous term used to refer to a black person. Over the years, Native Americans have faced racist slurs thrown at them from medias all over the country every football season. During that same time, another minority has been protected against racism by the same medias. One must ask himself, how is it that two different minorities can be treated differently without discrimination being involved. The answer is… they can’t. I believe that this matter should be handled by the courts to find out if it is legal to discriminate between minorities. Many people wonder how the name Redskin came about. It is part of America’s terrible past just like Slavery. When the government was paying bounties for the dead bodies of Native Americans to remove them, so they could take their land. The first posters said the word Indian bodies and told how much was to be paid for the body of a man, woman, or child. The Church spoke out against this, not against the killing of Native Americans, but the word body being used. They felt it was too similar to the Body of Christ. Since they saw Native Americans as being animals, not human, the same way they saw black people who were their slaves. They had the word body removed. They decided that since these people are animals and not human that their dead bodies should be the same as animals. When you kill a deer and bring in its dead bloody carcass, we call it a deerskin. A bear, we call it a bearskin. So, from now on the bloody dead carcass of these animals will be called Redskin! It is up to our courts to defend against discrimination to all Americans in this country and therefore on that ground these Native Americans are entitled to the same rights as Black Americans. When they are not, then that is discrimination. When one minority group is favored with favoritism where they are not subject to racist slurs by an entity, but that same entity subjects another minority with racist slurs, that is unlawful discrimination. By a company not allowing the N-word that is offensive to Black people, while allowing the word Redskin that is offensive to another minority that is favoritism discrimination in the obvious form of the law. On the ground of harassment, inappropriate insults, name-calling, verbally, written, or poster or cartoon directed at a person based on their race, color, or nationality, this is discrimination How long will it take before we stand up against hatred and racist people of all people? Will it take the Supreme Court in order to assure us that all minorities are protected, or no minority is protected against racist slurs. - Gregory St. James Mundy - Help us to see that the Media respect all minorities, and they do not have the right to pick and choose when it comes to Racism! https://www.gofundme.com/racism-comes-in-many-colors
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I was fortunate enough to take part in the Op Ed Project workshop at UIC with Michele Weldon and Neil Young back in September. Happy to say the Chicago Tribune is publishing my Op Ed on Monday, November 12!! Thank you!😊