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Fall 2021 Update

We will be holding Fall 2021 events via in-person, Zoom or a hybrid of both (please refer to each event's description to find out the location for that specific event).

We will continue to follow guidance from K-State, the CDC and KDHE to ensure the health and safety of our staff and students and so at this time, we do request in-person participants and KAWSE office visitors adhere to the current mask guideline.

We would love for you to us in the KAWSE office this semester if you are ever in Seaton! Or connect anytime with us by emailing kawse@k-state.edu. 

Women of Distinction Recognition Ceremony

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 - KAWSE hosted a combined recognition ceremony for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 Awardees during the fall 2021 semester. Location: K-State Alumni Center Banquet Room, Manhattan Campus.  

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. 


2021-2022 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.

As we schedule speakers for this series, we will make that information available here and through our listserv emails. Below is a list of currently schedules sessions: 

Amy Betz

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Qualtrics RSVP for Amy Betz's ILS Session 

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Qualtrics RSVP for Jackie Krasas' ILS Session 

Short Bio: Jackie Krasas is Professor of Sociology and Anthropology and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Lehigh University. She was co-PI on Lehigh ADVANCE and directed the WGSS program for nine years before becoming the first Associate Dean of Interdisciplinary Programs in the College of Arts and Sciences. She is currently serving as Lehigh’s Deputy Provost for Faculty Affairs and leading Lehigh’s Aspire IChange team. Her scholarship focuses on gender, race, and employment inequality; masculinities; work and family; sexual harassment; and non-standard work. Her 2000 book, Temps: The Many Faces of the Changing Workplace, analyzes the rise in temporary employment and the experience of temporary workers in terms of race, gender, power, and identity. Her new book, Still a Mother, published in 2021, takes an intersectional approach to exploring the changing landscape of contemporary motherhood through the lens of child custody.

KAWSE Research & Writing Accountability Group

For many reasons, faculty who are members of historically underrepresented groups find it challenging to make time for their own research/writing. KAWSE has an online accountability group with a few face-to-face check-ins throughout the academic year to assist with this challenge.


Opportunities to have Broader Impact            GROW Saturday Workshop 

Save the Date: March 5, 2021 

K-State faculty, staff and students will be invited to design and facilitate a hands-on science, technology, engineering and/or math activity for middle school students at the Girls Research Our World (GROW) workshop on Saturday, March 5, 2022, on the K-State campus in Manhattan.

Activities should incorporate the workshop theme, which will be announced soon. KAWSE Program Coordinator, Morgan Greene, is available to help brainstorm activity ideas and relate facilitators’ area of expertise to the event theme.



GROW and EXCITE Summer Workshops

SAVE THE DATE: June 8-10, 2022

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 2022. 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.

Networking Opportunities

Informal gatherings are typically held once or twice per academic year with the purpose of providing the opportunity to meet and make connections with others who are committed to the advancement of women in STEM disciplines. Watch for announcements of these events on the ADVANCE listserv and here on our website.