Dr. Margot Gage Witvliet

Assistant Professor | Social Epidemiologist | Veteran Advocate

Meet Professor Gage Witvliet


My journey has been a thrill ride full of twists and turns and cliff drops of epic proportions. Along the way I have met many interesting people who have left a profound impact on my view of life and scholarship. I believe that governments should uphold the Universal Declaration of Human Rights agreements they signed in 1948. In my work I aim is to amplify the voice of vulnerable groups using epidemiological data.

I believe that society will work better if more women are in politics. I am a veteran advocate who supports increase in pay for members of the military. It is a shame that more than 20,000 active-duty military families struggle to feed their families and are on food stamps. I believe that veterans who have served their country should not be homeless and living on the streets they defended. I am for increased light being shed on veteran suicide and mental health awareness in the general population as a whole. I believe that if we had the political will, poverty could be eradicated and the environment saved.

I believe corruption in healthcare is crippling our nation. I am for term-limits, and a fiscally responsible government that delievers real transparency.

We are seeing a rise in populism around the world. I think it is imperative that the next generation of young people reject being divided by ethnicity and income.

Together we can change the world.


I'm the first African American woman to hold the position of assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at Lamar University. In this position I founded and organized the first Social Justice Symposium at Lamar University. Congressman Joaquin Castro awarded me special recognition for my contribution to the advancement of social justice. I also started GIRL, a lab that mentors first-generation and minority students in research. I am the founding editor of The GIRL Report, a free online newsletter that promotes health and highlights members in politics who are working to improve the lives of urban and rural populations. I’ve been nominated twice for the Lamar Inspirational Women Award.

I am the director of Young Americans Overseas, a nonprofit working to build the first park in Texas that is 100% dedicated to women in uniform. I am also the first person in Beaumont, Texas to start a home for veterans that was endorsed by the Veterans Administration, Senator John Cornyn and Congressman Randy Weber. I made history in Southeast, Texas when I organized the VeteranFest. The Department of Defense flew out a guest speaker from Washington D.C. to the VeteranFest and we pinned over 100 Vietnam veterans with medals from the President. It was the largest event for Vietnam veterans in the history of Southeast, Texas.

A mother of two daughters with big curly hair, I decided to create a children book collection with characters that look like them. My aim with this initiative is to increase diversity in children's books. Together my daughters and I created a coloring book for mighty girls.





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In 2014 I founded Young Americans Overseas, an outlet for my advocacy work, research and consultancy work.