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Global Women's Leadership in India

Global Women's Leadership in India
India's cities and villages become a dynamic classroom in this two week winter break program focused on women's leadership in India.
Location: 
India
Language of Instruction: 
English
Term: 
Winter Break
Academic Disciplines: 
-Open to All Majors
Leadership Studies
Program Type: 
Faculty-led
Highlights: 
  • Earn three hours of leadership studies credit (LDST 260/LDST 460).
  • Visit a variety of NGOs, MNE’s, and educational institutions to learn about women’s roles and the leadership challenges women are addressing in the contexts of business, politics, education, and culture.
  • Practice yoga, visit Bollywood's most famous studio, take a safari in the Bannerghatta National Park, and try your hand at cooking Indian cuisine during some of the cultural experiences included in this program.
Program Summary: 

The purpose of this study abroad experience is to learn first hand the global nature of issues faced by women and the varied styles of leadership they engage. Through the contexts of business, politics, education, and culture, students will gain deeper insight into the challenges women face globally and the leadership strategies they employ in order to make progress. Open to undergraduate students in any major; students enroll in one 3 credit course in the Institute of Leadership Studies. The two week program will include visits to multi-national businesses, nonprofit organizations, women-owned start-ups and small businesses, and educational institutions, and meetings with women from the corporate, nonprofit, small business, political, and educational sectors. 

Location: 

Students will have the opportunity to visit multiple cities and villages in India.  The program's home base for the 2018 program will be in Bangalore, the tech capital of India and its third largest city.  Students will visit locations throughout the expansive city and experience its rich culture and history.  From Bangalore, students will visit Hyderabad and Mysore, returning to Bangalore for the final days of the program. 

 

Academic Information: 

Three hours of academic credit are granted by the University of Kansas upon successful completion of the program and will be posted to the student’s Spring transcript.  Students will enroll in LDST 260/LDST 460: Study Abroad Topics in Leadership Studies: Women’s Leadership.

Leadership Studies Minor students can count the course toward an elective credit in their leadership studies minor program of study.

The program consists of a combination of lecture, discussion, readings, and site visits to understand the issues surrounding women’s leadership in India. The program includes visits to NGOs, MNE’s, and educational institutions to learn about women’s roles and the leadership challenges women are addressing in the contexts of business, politics, education, and culture. Throughout the program the group will have opportunities to visit, engage, and network with women representing the various sectors examined, local community members, eat local cuisine, shop at various locations, and explore cultural/historic sites.

Housing: 

Students will stay in a guest house in central Bangalore. Rooms are double occupancy.  The guest house is located in a safe neighborhood and offers comfortable accommodations complete with a courtyard and dining area where breakfast is served every day.  Most meals are included in the cost of the program. 

Eligibility: 

This program is open to students of any major with an interest in women’s empowerment.  No prior coursework is necessary.  Minimum 2.5 GPA required (exceptions considered after submission of a petition).

Further Reading: 

For more information contact:

Dr. Mary Banwart

The University of Kansas

Institute for Leadership Studies

Email: mbanwart@ku.edu

Video Clips

"Incredible India" (Indian Ministry of Tourism) - TV commercial that traces the journey of a young woman through India: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qBE_Z8JbzY

Program Faculty: 

Mary Banwart, PhD

Dr. Banwart is an Associate Professor in the Communication Studies Department and is the director of the Institute for Leadership Studies at KU. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in leadership and communication as well as political communication. Her political research focuses on political campaign communication and the influence of gender in political campaigns, with specific attention directed toward political advertising, campaign web sites, and mixed-gender debates. Her research on women and leadership focuses on leadership program development and assessment; and, the intersection of gender, mindset, personal efficacy, and flourishing. She directs the Kansas Women’s Leadership Institute hosted at KU.

 

Alesia Woszidlo, PhD

Alesia Woszidlo, Ph.D. (University of Arizona) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Kansas. She researches the intersection of family of origin, communication processes, mental health, and relationship quality in the context of family relationships. Alesia is also the Academic Director and a member of the core faculty for the Kansas Women’s Leadership Institute, a U.S. Department of State’s Study of US Institute’s (SUSI) programs on Women’s Leadership. This academic program is for female undergraduate leaders and develops leadership competencies, cultivates a spirit of collaboration, and elevates the power of women’s voices. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in family communication, interpersonal communication, stress and coping, and conflict management and leadership.


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The Office of Study Abroad has weekly 'You Can Afford to Study Abroad' Financial Aid and Scholarship Info Sessions/Open Meetings on Wednesday afternoons at 4:00 pm and Thursday afternoons at 2:00 pm in the Info Center (105 Lippincott Hall). The financial aid officer will be happy to take any questions and can offer individual advising at the end of sessions for specific concerns. For those that cannot attend the weekly Info Sessions due to scheduling conflicts, we also offer appointments for financial planning as well as financial aid and scholarship advising for students. Please visit 108 Lippincott Hall or call 785-864-3742 to set up an appointment.

 

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