Busy April

Updates from Summer 2013 alumni, Houria: I had one month training at high school teaching baccalaureate students English. That was fun. Whenever I meet my students in the streets, they love to come and say Hi. Spring Leadership Camp, I have to say it is not an easy thing but rewarding. I was one of the organizers and speaker as well. It was a 6 days camp. I talked about leadership, a little bit about social entrepreneurship and movie selection and discussion. hotel Young Social Entrepreneurs Program with the US Embassy. I said that I was selected to be part of the program; I am mentoring women cooperatives and association in the region of Ouarzazate. On April 17-20 we had a training at the US Embassy about business plan, marketing opportunities for cooperatives and we visited the ministry of handcrafts where we learn about the different opportunities such as exhibitions, loans and mentoring for cooperatives. On April 17, it was my birthday; the woman from the Embassy organized a little party for me. It was on a boat restaurant, we had dinner and after that, they brought the cake and candles that was awesome. On April 26-27 I was one of the organizers of the US Embassy TechCamp Caravan in Ouarzazate. It was one of the most successful caravans; the deputy of public affairs said that. My friends and I applied for the 2014 Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund. The main goal of our project is to promote democratic citizenship and civic engagement among youth and support their political participation to push forward their voices in the society and to take leading roles and responsibilities as citizens and agents for equity, justice and social change. I was able to publish my article on Morocco World News which is a big deal for me. Here is the link of my article if you would love to take a look on it: http://www.moroccoworldnews.com/2014/05/129936/the-u-s-embassy-rabat-techcamp-caravan-takes-place-in-ouarzazate/ Today I will go to the dressmaker for my graduation dress measurements. I am very excited about graduation.

Alumni (wi’12) Climbs Kilimanjaro

KWLI women climbing to new heights, tackling tough challenges! Amal (KWLI alumni wi’12) just completed a 9-day hike to Kilimanjaro. Amazing!! We are so proud of you Amal! Read more here. DSC02383
“This trip has taught me two basic things, one is patience and the other is consistency in action. The trip was tough trip and very physically demanding. I had to be persistent and patient to reach the top.”   DSC02494  “That KU experience and the time I spent in the States among different types of women had a great influence on myself and the way I look at life at some aspects, especially teamwork challenges and adaptation to a whole new environment.”   DSC02488 “We were hiking for seven hours a day, everyday as we got closer to the summit. It got harder because of the change in altitude. In our final hike before reaching the summit, we hiked for 15 hours at a stretch. It was physically and mentally challenging,”  

DSC02471Amal is the first Bahraini woman to step foot in Antartica.

Meet our Kansas Participants

We are very excited for our five, excellent women from Kansas. Learn more about them below.

Brittany Bange

Brittany Bange

My name is Brittany Bange and I am a junior at Fort Hays State University studying graphic design and painting. In high school, at Colby, Kansas, I was lucky to have several leadership opportunities. I was National Honor Society President, Young Humanitarians Founder and President, Student Council Vice President, and C-Club Vice President. I graduated valedictorian of my class and realized, after it was all over, that my favorite thing about being a leader was the opportunity to be an example or inspiration. My leadership roles have not stopped in college and I have had the opportunity to travel abroad with Fort Hay’s leadership program. Along with my study abroad experience I have traveled to nine other countries outside of the US. I am eager to bring my travel experiences, my passion for people, and my hard work to KWLI. Ideally, I will be able to address our state’s foster care program and bring awareness to the human trafficking problem in our state. I plan on not stopping until I have made a difference in either of these areas. I am eager to build life long relationships through this program and to become the best leader I can be for our state. Thank you, KWLI, for the opportunity.


Miranda Benedict

Miranda BenedictMy name is Miranda Benedict and I was born, raised, and reside in Garden City, KS. I am currently a sophomore at Garden City Community College majoring in Business, with the intent to transfer and obtain my undergad in International Business. I am currently employed by the City of Garden City as an Administrative Assistant for the Garden City Regional Airport.
By participating in the KWLI, I would like to gain the resources and knowledge to empower the women in my community, as well as the young women in my family. I’m confident that this experience will enhance my academic and professional career in many ways!

Allyson Briggs

Ally BriggsI am a junior at the University of Kansas from Ottawa, Kansas. I am majoring in biochemistry. I am active in the KU Marching Band, Alternative Breaks program, Phi Delta Epsilon Pre-Medical Fraternity, and identify as a non-traditional student. I am particularly excited to learn from the experiences of other women participating in KWLI in order to more effectively face the problems challenging my own community. Specifically, I hope to learn more about medicine in rural areas as I continue to pursue a career in family medicine. I hope to gain the tools necessary to address the medical services available to women in Franklin County.


BreShawna Briggs

BreShawna BriggsI am excited to attend the KWLI! Originally from Wamego Kansas, I am currently attending the University of Kansas in Lawrence as a first-year student. I am pursuing degrees in East Asian Languages & Cultures and Accounting with a concentration in International Business. I also plans to minor in Applied Behavioral Science with a specialty in Organizational Behavior. Outside the classroom, I love being involved in my organizations for which I have the honor of serving in five leadership positions. I look forward to all the opportunities the KWLI offers. I am especially eager to further develop my leadership abilities in the hopes of improving my performance in leadership roles. Additionally, I am excited to have the opportunity to network with the international students that will also be attending.

Alyssa Reed

Alyssa ReedHello Everyone! My name is Alyssa Reed. I am from Hays, Kansas and am currently a sophomore at Fort Hays State University. I am majoring in Speech Language Pathology and minoring in Spanish. My goal from earning this major and minor is to work with people of other cultures and help them with accent modification. From participating in the Kansas Women’s Leadership Institute I would like to develop my leadership skills to be able to make a difference with people of other cultures, and in particular, women. This program will also give me international connections that will allow me to have relationships with people of all different cultures, ethnicities, traditions and religious backgrounds. In all, this program will give me skills to create a positive change in my community and around the world. I am really looking forward having a roommate from another country!

Now Accepting Applications

KWLI Application We are pleased to announce we are now accepting applications for our inaugural class of KWLI 2014 participants. You can turn in your application to your home university, or send in your applications to us as a .pdf or .doc attachment to kwli@ku.edu. You can also send it snail mail to: Jenny Memmott 1122 W. Campus Road Lawrence, KS 66045. Deadline for materials is November 8th, 2013. Apply today!