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  • Barbara Agonia

    Barbara Agonia was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1934. She attended Hanover College in southern Indiana, where she spent a year studying abroad at the University of Exeter in Devonshire, England. She graduated from Hanover in 1957 with a triple major in English, speech, and theater. Agonia spent her first years out of college teaching high school English, speech, and theater in northern Illinois.

    At the age of 35, she decided to pursue a Master’s degree in English. In 1969, she moved to Las Vegas and enrolled in the English Department at UNLV. As Agonia completed her degree in 1971, the community college system in Nevada was develping and seeking faculty for the new institution. Agonia was among the first eight new faculty members at Clark County Community College, now known as College of Southern Nevada.

    In her early years with the college, Agonia did a great deal of public speaking on behalf on the newly formed system, promoting the new institution and reaching out to potential students. At the same time, she taught a full course loads in composition and literature, and eventually became chair of the English department.

    As the 1980s began, Agonia became actively involved in rape crisis education at the urging of Florence McClure. She also helped establish a Women’s Center on the Clark County Community College campus.

    In addition to her involvement in and commitment to public education, Agonia has also been involved in the Soroptimist International organization for business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls in local and international communities.

    She has been a long time supporter of WRIN and NEW Leadership. She served as the Founding Chair of the Community Advisor Board and continues to be heavily involved in activities today, including appearances on NEW Leadership “Trailblazer” panels.

    To listen to Barbara’s full audio oral histories, please visit the Our History: Barbara Agonia page.


    “Watching Her Grow”

    Describe your most memorable experience(s) of NEW Leadership.

    Barbara Agonia describes memorable experiences of NEW Leadership since her first participation at the inception of the program.

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    “Knowledge, Awareness and Action”

    What do you think are the most valuable leadership skills that NEW Leadership offers?

    Barbara Agonia describes NEWL’s role in crafting the next generation of women leaders.

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    “Equity Preserves Democracy”

    Why do you care about equity, diversity and gender issues?

    Barbara Agonia advocates for improved education for women.

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    “Become Active with NEW Leadership”

    Why should community members donate their money and time to NEW Leadership?

    Barbara Agonia urges supporters to take part in WRIN and NEW Leadership activities.

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    “NEW Leadership is Important to the State”

    Why should community members donate their money and time to NEW Leadership?

    Barbara Agonia explains why NEW Leadership is necessary.

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    Women's Research Institute of Nevada
    University of Nevada, Las Vegas
    4505 Maryland Parkway, Box 455083
    Las Vegas, Nevada 89154-5083
    702-895-2902

    © 2017 WRIN | All rights reserved.

    a Studio Hyperset expression