Perspectives on Systematic Racism

June 23, 2020

Presidential Leadership Scholars are lending their voices to provide perspective on the systemic racism in this country and share thoughts towards progress.


Real Reform Comes From Civic Stamina

August 4, 2020

Recently, PLS Class of 2020-2021 Scholar Sloane Davidson’s PLP Hello Neighbor won a Renewal Award from The Atlantic and Allstate from over 13,000 applicants. Learn more:


Revitalized by summer protests, Dallas’ inequity programs fight through pandemic’s ‘gut punch’

July 27, 2020 | Byron Sanders (‘17)

Class of 2017’s Byron Sanders was recently highlighted by the Dallas Morning News about his nonprofit, Big Thought. Read the article:


Good Apple helping keep Austin fed and healthy amid coronavirus pandemic

July 20, 2020

Class of 2019’s Michael Hole recently spoke to CBS Austin about Good Apple –  a doctor-prescribed grocery delivery service fighting hunger, which during the COVID-19 pandemic has helped people stay healthy in their homes. Read more about Michael’s role with Good Apple:


Statements by President George W. Bush and President Bill Clinton on the Passing of Congressman John Lewis

July 18, 2020

Statement by President George W. Bush Statement by President William J. Clinton


Ending the Pandemic Threat: The Implications of Public Charge

June 29, 2020 | Ricardo Correa Marquez (‘19)

“As part of the the Council of Young Physicians, we are worried about the public health being endangered every day due to the “public charge” perception that has been hitting our community. We need to be united in these hard moments to improve health outcomes with commonsense policies that would benefit public health.” Read more […]


Opinion: Learn from pandemics of COVID-19 and racism

June 29, 2020 | Tracey Henry (‘17)

During this COVID-19 pandemic, systemic racism has been brought to the forefront in many aspects of society. Recently, Class of 2019’s Dr. Tracey Henry wrote for the Atlanta Journal Constitution on this topic. Read more:


Op-Ed | Trapped: A surge in domestic violence amid COVID-19 exposes dangerous gaps in justice system

June 29, 2020 | Lucy Lang (‘17)

“Survivors and their children will long carry the scars of this pandemic, of quarantine, and of the disparities it has highlighted.  It’s up to all of us to help them.” – Class of 2017’s Lucy Lang. Read more from Lucy via AMNY:


Jamila Thomas: The Impact of History, Education, and Mentoring

June 29, 2020 | Jamila Thomas (‘19)

Recently, Dallas Doing Good spotlighted Class of 2019’s Jamila Thomas. Read more:


We ask if people are for or against the riots while suffocating the real question: Why are we burning?

June 29, 2020 | Chequan Lewis (‘18)

Born of fire, America burns again. But America has always burned; survival requires a clear reflection. Read more from Class of 2018’s Chequan Lews in the Dallas Morning News:


Dallas and America’s History of Violence

June 29, 2020 | Byron Sanders (‘17)

“Putting this weekend in perspective, we see violence in every juncture of major social change. What will we do with what that tells us?” Read more from Class of 2019’s Byron Sanders in D Magazine:


Class of 2022 Applications Update

Applications for the Class of 2022 will open summer 2021. Please contact us at with any questions.