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K-State Today

February 29, 2016



International human rights activist to speak with K-State students

By Barbara Gatewood

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Internationally acclaimed gender equality and human rights activist Noorjahan Akbar will present "Empowering Women to Lead Worldwide: Overcoming Political and Social Struggles" from 4-5 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, in the K-State Student Union's Forum Hall to mark International Women's Day. Akbar will be welcomed by Kansas State University First Lady, Noel Schulz. Her presentation and following reception are free and open to the public.

Akbar also will be speaking and engaging with several classes on campus to discuss topics on leadership and women's rights. The campus and community are invited to a welcoming reception at 4 p.m. Monday, March 7, in the International Student Center, hosted by K-State international students.

Her first class visit will be with students in the leadership studies minor at 9:30 a.m. March 8, in 103 Leadership Studies Building with a focus on "Leadership Philosophy, Approach and Use of Social Media and Mass Communication as Part of Leadership." Following the presentations, the new student organization American Association of University Women, or AAUW, at K-State, will host a student luncheon from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in 201 Leadership Studies Building. Reservations are required by March 3 to Tara Terwilliger at tara102@k-state.edu.

Akbar also will speak on with women's studies students in WOMST 410A Feminist Thought, at 1:05 p.m. March 8 in 333 Waters Hall on the topic, "Afghan Women Take a Stand for Freedom, Education, and Social Reform." Akbar will talk with journalism mass communications students in MC 382 Public Relations Case Studies, at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 9, in 208 Fairchild Hall on "Voices for Social Reform through Mass Communications and Social Media."

Funding for her visit has been provided by K-State's Academic Excellence Fund, American Association of University Women's Campus Outreach Program Grant, the association's State Board Manhattan Branch. Follow the student organization, AAUW at K-State on Twitter. All K-State undergraduate students are eligible for a free membership in AAUW by enrolling online at AAUW.org or by contacting manhattanksaauw@gmail.com.