The Spring 2017 Issue: Leading Women with Passion and Impact

Category: Fraternity

Liz Appel Rinck

TED presenter, advocate for the homeless, Marshall Scholar, and future lawmaker, Nancy Fairbank, Zeta Upsilon/UT Dallas, first discovered her passion for ending homelessness during a high school group project, which inspired her to write a book sharing the life stories of five homeless teens. Throwaway Youth: Stories of Springfield's Homeless Teens was published in 2016 by Missouri State University.

Her passion for this issue continued into Fairbank's college career, when she turned her attention to government policies aimed at reducing homelessness. She conducted research on poverty policies in nine different countries and worked in a research group at UT Dallas to create a drug prevention and intervention program targeted toward homeless youth. The resulting program has now been implemented at five schools.

Read more about Nancy and other Theta leading women, including an author, a consultant, and an innovator, in the Spring 2017 issue of the Theta magazine.