We are so thrilled to welcome this year’s class of Kansas participants to the Kansas Women’s Leadership Institute! This stellar group will work right alongside our international participants this summer for a transformative six weeks. Learn more about each of them below.
Double majoring in Political Science and Mass Media with an emphasis in Public Relations
My name is Melissa King and I’m from Satanta, Kansas. I’m currently a sophomore at Washburn University double majoring in Political Science and Mass Media with an emphasis in Public Relations. At Washburn, I’m involved in the Leadership Institute, Washburn Student Government Association, and Zeta Tau Alpha. I currently intern in the Kansas Senate. My passions include gender equality, disability rights, and politics. By attending the KWLI, I hope to gain the leadership skills I need to create positive and effective change in my campus community. I’m excited to be able to network with other women leaders and become a better changemaker.
Fort Hays State University
Organizational Leadership major
I was born in Wuhan, China and adopted at 9 months old. I grew up in Waco, Texas and then lived overseas in both China and Oman with my mom while in high school. I am a junior at Fort Hays State University. I’m an Organizational Leadership major and my passion truly is leadership; specifically pertaining to women’s rights, human rights, and civil rights. I hope to get to learn more about leadership from my peers and I hope to create fun and meaningful memories while doing so!
University of Kansas
Chemistry Major with a Pre-Medicine path
My name is Bergen Mauerhan, and I’m from a very small town called Mankato in rural north central Kansas! I am currently a freshman Bio Chemistry Major at the University of Kansas on a Pre-Medicine pathway. I am very passionate about healthcare and have recently found a new found passion in leadership studies! I spend most of my time on my studies, but I love spending my free time doing anything and everything with my friends and family. I hope to meet some amazing people and grow my passion and knowledge of leadership through my participation in the KWLI!
Pittsburg State University
Majoring in Integrated Studies with an emphasis In Sustainability, Society, and Resource Management
Hello! My name is Cassandra Roque I am from Westwood Kansas. I am currently a junior at Pittsburg State University and will hopefully be graduating spring 2020. My major is in Integrated Studies with an emphasis In Sustainability, Society, and Resource Management. As my degree entails, I am interested in the environment and other topics that relate to sustainability. I am also very passionate about diversity and increasing exposure of different cultures in the environments that I am in. I like being involved on my campus and getting to know people. I hold a few leadership positions here at PSU as the president of Hispanics of Today and president of a multicultural interest group for a sorority. I am driven to better my leadership while getting to know other women who are just as determined. KWLI I think will be a great experience for this and I am so excited to gain information from inspiring females that I will have the privilege to get to know.