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Office for the Advancement of Women in Science and Engineering

Upcoming Events


2020-2021 Inclusive Leadership Series

The speakers in this series have been nominated by their peers for being inclusive leaders. Each event is scheduled for an hour. In the first 10-15 minutes, the speaker will discuss an action they have taken to increase diversity and/or inclusion. The remaining time will be for discussion.  The intended audience is anyone committed to enriching the lives of women in masculinized cultures. I encourage you not to think of leadership with a capital “L”- leadership can be big things, but it is also found in “small” everyday behaviors.
If you’d like to nominate someone to speak, please send the person’s name and a brief description of what they have done to be inclusive that you would like to hear more about to Amber Bebout at kawse@ksu.edu or you can do so anonymously using the Qualtrics survey: https://kstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bQHLb6LL5sjGQZL. In particular, KAWSE is looking for nominations for leaders who are equitably and structurally addressing (e.g., developing equitable tenure and promotion documents) how members of historically underrepresented groups are disparately affected by covid19 and social justice work.


FALL 2020 

  • Tuesday, September 15, 2020, 2:30 – 3:30 pm - Dr. Sonya Lutter, Department Head and Professor, Applied Human Sciences
    • Consistency and accessibility are key elements of gaining trust. As frequently stated by members of the Kansas Leadership Center, leadership is mobilizing change and leadership in others. Dr. Lutter discussed strategies for hearing all voices.
  • Monday, October 19, 2020, 2:30 - 3:30 pm - Dr. Amanda Gaulke, Assistant Professor, Economics
    • Dr. Gaulke initiated a conversation on how to be a good ally to those with disabilities and help them feel more welcomed and included at K-State  
  • Monday, November 2, 2020, 2:30 - 3:30 pm - University of Massachusetts 
    Dr. Dessie Clark, Research Collaboration Coordinator, University of Massachusetts ADVANCE Program 
    Dr. Ethel Mickey, Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Massachusetts ADVANCE Program 
    Dr. Joya Misra, Sociology & Public Policy Professor, University of Massachusetts

    • The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically changed the work of faculty members. Women and faculty of color have been particularly affected, due to increased care responsibilities and disparate community health and economic impacts. How can universities ensure that any evaluations of faculty members recognize pandemic impacts as an unavoidable, unexpected occurrence? Without taking measures to address the impact of the pandemic, universities are likely to become less diverse. Drawing from a case study at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Clark, Mickey, and Misra discussed some of the steps they see as crucial to responding effectively to the pandemic. Resources to Preview/Pre-Read:Reflections on Institutional Equity for Faculty in Response to COVID-19 UMass ADVANCE COVID-19 Tool



  • Friday, February 12, 2021, 2:30 – 3:30 pm - Dr. Shireen Roshanravan, Associate Professor, American Ethnic Studies

    • RSVP HERE by February 10thlocation & session description coming soon!
  •  Friday, March 5, 2021, 2:30 - 3:30 pm - Associate Dean Katie Kingery-Page, Associate Dean & Associate Professor, Architecture, Planning & Design 

    • RSVP HERE by March 2nd; location coming soon!

      Three slogans for inclusive leadership: sharpening your ethical decision-making: The use of a short phrase or slogan to trigger deeper thought is a practice used in many moral traditions. Kingery-Page shares wisdom from a contemporary poet, a student affairs expert, and a cultural icon in three short slogans. Please join this interactive discussion. 

  • Friday, April 2, 2021, 2:30 – 3:30 pm - Dr. Bonnie Rush, Dean and Professor, Veterinary Medicine
    • RSVP HERE by March 31stlocation coming soon!

      Adjusting the process of collection and interpretation of teaching evaluations can strengthen constructive feedback obtained from students and shared with faculty. Indiscriminate appraisal of teaching evaluations can result in legitimizing biased reviews, which may impact faculty retention and morale.

  •  Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 2:30 - 3:30 pm  - Dr. Jessica Elmore, Associate Director of Diversity Programs, K-State Alumni Association

    • RSVP HERE by April 19th; location & session description coming soon! 


Women of Distinction Recognition Ceremony

Postponed to Fall 2021 - KAWSE will host a combined recognition ceremony for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 Awardees in the Fall 2021

Kansas State University 

This annual event, hosted by KAWSE, recognizes K-State women faculty and staff for academic achievements, such as earning tenure and promotion, being promoted to full professor, or winning a university wide award. Recipients of the KAWSE Award, ADVANCE Distinguished Lecture Series, and the KAWSE Postdoctoral Travel Fund are also recognized at this event. 


GROW and EXCITE Summer Workshops

SAVE THE DATE: June 9-11, 2021

K-State faculty, staff and students are invited to design and facilitate hands-on science, technology, engineering and/or math (STEM) themed activities for middle and high school students during our 3-day, 2-night summer workshop! Unlike our Saturday Workshops, the Summer Workshops do not have a theme, so we welcome any STEM-based activity proposal. Activities range from 45-minute to 2-hours in length, can occur more than once and be held on one or more days of the event.

Activity proposals will open in March. If you have questions prior to then, please contact the KAWSE Program Coordinator, Morgan Greene, at any time. You may also call the KAWSE office at 785-532-6088.