Kansas Women's Leadership Institute


University of Kansas Partners

Applied English Center
The Applied English Center (AEC) at the University of Kansas has offered English language classes to students and scholars from all parts of the world since 1964. We welcome students at all levels of English proficiency, preparing them for study in American universities and helping them participate in American society. We are committed to preparing our students linguistically, academically and culturally for university life, providing services to enhance their adjustment and achievement, and advocating for ESL and international students.

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences is KU’s broadest, most diverse academic unit. The College is home to more than 50 departments, programs and centers that span arts, humanities, interdisciplinary studies, international studies, natural sciences and mathematics, and social and behavioral sciences. The College encourages learning without boundaries through interdisciplinary education, global awareness and experiential learning. This ensures our graduates are engaged, socially responsible citizens who are empowered to build their futures in Kansas and the world.

Communication Studies Department

The Communication Studies Department at KU has a long history of excellence in teaching and research. Communication Studies faculty members have been recognized many times as among the best teachers in the university. And many have national and international reputations as scholars in diverse areas of communication studies. The department is the host of the KU Debate program, a program that’s consistently ranked among the five best programs in the nation, along with schools like Dartmouth and Harvard. The program also hosts the inter-disciplinary leadership studies minor because of the centrality of communication to leadership activities.

Dole Institute of Politics

The mission of the Dole Institute of Politics is to promote political and civic participation as well as civil discourse in a bi-partisan, balanced manner. By providing a forum for discussion of political and economic issues, fostering public service leadership and encouraging participation in the political process, the Dole Institute emphasize that politics is an honorable profession and that only through political and civic participation can citizens redirect the course of our nation.

Emily Taylor Center for Women and Gender Equity
The Emily Taylor Center provides information, resources, and assistance on women’s and gender-related issues to: promote equity, opportunity and advocacy; to address issues affecting campus climate; to provide resources for awareness, growth and empowerment; to support women and men working together to challenge existing barriers and unequal treatment so all students may achieve their full potential.

Honors Program

The University Honors Program provides enriched educational opportunities to academically talented, promising, and motivated undergraduate students at KU. These opportunities include priority enrollment, honors courses with top faculty members, and special programming. The Honors Program also provides personalized academic advising and help navigating the university, facilitating research, and identifying resource and scholarship opportunities.

KU Endowment

As an independent, nonprofit organization and the official fundraising foundation for the University of Kansas, KU Endowment partners with donors in providing philanthropic support to build a greater KU. Established in 1891, KU Endowment is America’s oldest foundation for a public university and has been called “the fundamental prototype for more than 1,000 college and university foundations throughout the United States.”* We embrace our responsibility to inspire philanthropy for KU, and we are committed to following the highest standards of service and ethical conduct when it comes to managing donors’ gifts for the benefit of the university.

Institute for Leadership Studies

The Institute for Leadership Studies (ILS) supports KU’s mission of educating students who can effectively engage in the process of leadership with innovative, interdisciplinary academic programs. Through the ILS these academic programs are collaboratively designed to educate and prepare students to make a difference from where they are with what they have, developing the courage and leadership skills to ignite positive change.

Office of International Programs

International Programs serves as a conduit and catalyst for achieving the University’s international mission. In an interdependent world, KU students, faculty, staff, and administrators must be responsible global citizens. International Program facilitates the complex task of preparing individuals within and outside of KU to live, learn, and work in a global society.

University Career Center
The University Career Center (UCC) offers a wide range of quality services designed to support and challenge students at all points on the career development and implementation path. To guide students as they prepare for post-graduate career success, three separate yet interdependent functional service teams are in place: Career Education, Career Networks, and Administration.

College & University Partners

The Kansas Women’s Leadership Institute has several partners at higher education institutions across the state. We are so grateful for their vital role in recruiting and selecting extraordinary Kansas women. If you are interested in participating in the KWLI, get in touch with them to apply. If there is not a Partner from your university, contact kwli@ku.edufor more information and application.

Sheryl Lidzy, Emporia State University
Jill Arensdorf, Fort Hays State University
Ryan Diehl & Lisa Jolliff, Hutchinson Community College
Mary Tolar, Kansas State University
Cheryl L. Rude, Southwestern College
Mary Klayder & Kala Stroup, University of Kansas
Michael C. Gleason, Washburn University

Regional Partners

Kansas Leadership Center

The Kansas Leadership Center strives to create healthier communities throughout Kansas by cultivating civic leadership across the state. The Kansas Leadership Center believes that individuals do not become leaders but that individuals choose to exercise leadership; it is their mission to enhance and develop the abilities of those who make that choice.

United Way of Douglas County

The United Way addresses the human service needs of Douglas County by mobilizing community resources and building partnerships. They advance the common good by creating opportunities for a better life for all. To do so, they focus on ensuring everyone achieves education, has access to health care and gets the tools and support they need to achieve self sufficiency, because these are the foundation of a good quality of life. They believe that when children succeed in school, families move from crisis to financial stability, each citizen has access to mental and physical health care, our entire community benefits.

The Willow Domestic Violence Center

The Willow Domestic Violence Center works toward peace in the world by elimination of violence in our communities. Therefore, they are dedicated to the empowerment of survivors of domestic violence; the creation of a peaceful, safe space; the promotion of equality and respect for all people; the appreciation of differences, and the social action necessary to achieve these goals.

National Partners

National Constitution Center

The National Constitution Center in historic Philadelphia is America’s most interactive history museum. As an independent, non-partisan, and non-profit organization, the National Constitution Center is dedicated to increasing public understanding of, and appreciation for, the Constitution, its history, and its contemporary relevance, through an interactive, interpretive facility within Independence National Historic Park and a program of national outreach, so that “We the People” may better secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.

U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

The Study of the U.S. Branch promotes a better understanding of the people, institutions, and culture of the United States among foreign students, teachers, and scholars. Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) for Student Leaders are five-week academic programs for foreign undergraduate leaders sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State. Hosted by U.S. academic institutions throughout the United States, all Institutes include an intensive academic component, an educational tour of other regions of the country, local community service activities, leadership skill building, and a unique opportunity for participants to get to know their American peers.

The Study of the U.S. Institutes on Women’s Leadership examine the history and participation of women in public life in the United States. The Institutes focus on two major areas: (1) Developing participants’ leadership skills in areas such as critical thinking, communication, decision-making and managerial abilities; and (2) Placing these abilities in the context of the history and participation of women in U.S. politics, economics, culture, and society. The programs also examine women’s historical domestic progress toward equality in the United States, the current domestic successes and challenges to women in a variety of fields, and current challenges in global women’s issues.