The Graduating Class of 2019: Wayne Holstine | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin
What is your favorite memory from your time at the LBJ School?

Some of my favorite memories have been working with the Pride Policy Alliance. From our end-of-semester movie night to our happy hours to our LGBTQIA+ awareness events, I've been able to build a community of like-minded people to get through the craziness that is the LBJ experience.

LBJ student Wayne Holstine (MPAff '19) speaks before the 50 Years After Stonewall event
LBJ student Wayne Holstine (MPAff '19) speaks before the 50 Years After Stonewall event in April 2019. (Photo courtesy
of Wayne Holstine)

 

What is the most unexpected thing that happened to you during your time at LBJ?

One was just casually standing behind Julian Castro in line at O's Café last year. I never expected I'd be eyeing the same cookie as a future presidential candidate. Another was the support I and PPA have received from the LBJ administration. It has been an amazing experience to work with Dr. DeFrancesco Soto and Dr. Weaver in collaboration on LGBTQIA+ inclusive events. I was also able to meet Danielle Skidmore, a local transgender advocate who ran for city council, who has been an inspiration for me around local advocacy.

LBJ student Wayne Holstine (MPAff '19) and some of his friends at the AIDS Walk in Austin
Holstine and some of his friends at the AIDS Walk in Austin. (Photo courtesy of Wayne Holstine)

 

LBJ student Wayne Holstine (MPAff '19) at his internship at the Andy Roddick Foundation
Holstine at his internship at the Andy Roddick Foundation.

 


"It has been an amazing experience to work with Dr. DeFrancesco Soto and Dr. Weaver in collaboration on LGBTQIA+ inclusive events." —Wayne Holstine (MPAff '19)

 

Tell us about your next steps.

While I have not secured a post-grad job quite yet, I am planning to work in either Austin or Houston. I am planning to go back into the nonprofit sector. I've been searching for opportunities that allow me to follow my passion for serving children and families.

LBJ student Wayne Holstine (MPAff '19) and classmates at a mixer with EMPL students
Holstine (MPAff '19) and some classmates at a mixer with EMPL students.

 


"Take a deep breath, find your people, ask for help and get to know your professors and administrators."

What is your advice to the incoming class?

Take a deep breath, find your people, ask for help and get to know your professors and administrators.

LBJ student Wayne Holstine (MPAff '19) on his first day of grad school