Gina Weber is a consultant working with art and performance organizations, and will be an Adjunct Professor at UNT starting in Fall 2020. She graduated from Simmons with a Doctorate of Liberal Studies in 2020.
What do you do professionally and what is most rewarding about your job?
I am currently a consultant working with art and performance organizations to improve their operations. This Fall, I will be also be teaching a class as an Adjunct Professor at UNT. It's rewarding that I can serve on the Board of Cara Mia and Prism Movement Theaters, and volunteer for Teatro Dallas, Artstillery, RAICES, and Human Rights Initiative of North Texas.
I am also a Docent at the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum. I can truly say that at this stage of my life and career, this is the most rewarding time because I am able to use my knowledge, experience, and academic skills to make a positive difference in people's lives.
What were some of the most meaningful aspects of your education at Simmons?
The Doctor of Liberal Studies Program at Simmons was truly a once in a lifetime experience that allowed me to work full time, take care of my son, and continue volunteering, all while seeking this intellectual challenge. Simmons encourages students to go beyond their academic journey by contributing to their community and the world, and to explore what it means to be human.
How did your education at Simmons prepare you for your professional career?
Simmons allowed me to broaden my knowledge, world view, and to seek creative and new ways to make a difference in the world and to solve every day challenges. This opportunity has prepared me to be a better and more empathetic human, and thus become a better professional. My education at Simmons has encouraged me to start a new professional career. Simmons prepared and encouraged me to take a leap of faith, and after a long and rewarding federal career protecting human health and the environment, I reinvented my career and enjoy a more creative future.
What are some highlights from your experience as a SMU student?
One of the biggest highlights from my experience as an SMU student are the lifelong friendships made with the inaugural cohort, professors, and program staff who nourished my soul. My SMU experience was rewarding as it enabled me to grow academically by allowing me to seek knowledge in all the schools within SMU. For example, I traveled to Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland with the Human Rights Program. The human rights education trips allowed me to gain a deeper understanding of what Holocaust victims and survivors experienced, and to gain knowledge of important human rights issues that continue to affect the world today.
Why are you proud to be a Simmons alum?
I am proud to be a Simmons alum because of all the support and guidance I received as a nontraditional Doctoral student. The faculty and staff at Simmons cheered my successes and cared about my journey. Also, I am proud because Simmons afforded me the opportunity to get involved in SMU activities such as being the Treasurer for the Simmons Graduate Council, and also Convener for the DCII Research Cluster on Creativity. As a Simmons alum, I am proud that I can characterize my life by one of my favorite quotes by Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.: “If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.”