Leading Change Workshop Series

Through these sessions developed just for graduate students, you will build community and be introduced to frameworks designed to help you explore the role that leadership can play in your personal and professional lives. You will develop leadership competencies to make progress on adaptive challenges. We will engage in reflection and explore application of leadership to current and future roles.

All K-State graduate students are invited to participate in this workshop series. All sessions will be offered in a virtual format and will be recorded and available to watch if you cannot attend live.

Professional development credit and recordings

Graduate students who attend these workshops and other events listed on the GSC Professional Development page (or watch recordings of those events), can earn a professional development certificate from the GSC. Visit the GSC Professional Development page to access video recordings of Leading Change workshops and other professional development seminars/workshops.

Upcoming events

Better Leadership: Centering Compassion, Wellbeing, and Belonging

March 28, 2:30-4:00 PM

Leading change in an increasingly diverse world will require a deep understanding of the social systems we are a part of and a commitment to building capacity to bridge across lines of difference. In this session, we will explore how an emphasis on compassion, wellbeing, and belonging can complement efforts within communities and organizations to advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.

Presented by: Tamara Bauer and Corey Williamson

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Becoming a Community-Engaged Scholar

April 4, 2:30-3:30 PM

Scholars are agents of change. As members of the K-State academic community, our studies and work are situated – physically and virtually – within local and global communities facing complex challenges. We all play a role in the civic mission of our institution, to generate knowledge and talent to advance the well-being of those communities. This session will help participants explore their present and future work, and consider how to be a community-engaged scholar.

Presented by: Dr. Tim Steffensmeier and Emmanuel Jeje

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Leveraging Collective Leadership for Sustainable Development

April 18, 3:30-4:30 PM

The Sustainable Development Goals articulated by the United Nations recognize the interconnectedness and interdependence of humanity and our shared planet. With the focus on transforming systems to improve the human condition, there is a need for us to move beyond traditional heroic notions of leadership toward a more collective understanding. In this session, we will explore pathways for collective capacity building that create the conditions for systems change.

Presented by: Dr. Mac Benavides and Keyhan Shams

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Additional professional development opportunities

You might also want to explore these other events and activities that will support your professional and personal development.


The Graduate Student Leading Change Workshop Series is offered in partnership by the Graduate School, the Staley School of Leadership, and the Leadership Communication Doctoral program.


Questions about the Graduate Student Leading Change Workshop Series may be directed to Dr. Kerry Priest, kerryp@ksu.edu.