Dorothy Adkins was a founding member of the Denton Women's Interracial Fellowship (DWIF) from its first meeting through its informal end. Like most DWIF members, she wanted to ease the desegregation process for her children. She was active in the Denton community, serving on the Denton ISD Foundation Board. The Dorothy P. Adkins Elementary school in Lantana is named in her honor.
Dorothy went to Southwest Texas State Teachers College and became an educator. During her early married years, Dorothy was first a stay-at-home mom who soon went back to teaching. It was while attending Trinity Presbyterian Church that she learned of a plan to build racial solidarity through fellowship, leading to the creation of the DWIF.