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FHSU project selecting women leaders





The Women's Leadership Project at Fort Hays State University is accepting applications for the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders.

NCCWSL provides attendees with the opportunity to meet Women of Distinction award winners and interact with more than 500 other college women leaders.

The conference will be presented by the American Association of University Women and Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.

"I'm excited to have a good amount of folks who understand the importance of getting young women more involved," said Christie Brungardt, director of the Women's Leadership Project. "There really is a growing interest in this kind of thing."

The Women's Leadership Project began in 2010, and this is the second year FHSU students will be attending the NCCWSL.

AAUW is a component of the Women's Leadership Project.

"The Women's Leadership Project began programming about issues that are important to women," Brungardt said. "Then we added AAUW. It is all-inclusive (men, women, faculty, staff). Anyone who has an interest in empowering women really can be involved."

Brungardt said anywhere from 20 to 50 people attend AAUW meetings.

"It started out as mainly faculty and staff," she said. "Now we're getting more students."

AAUW will be bringing civil rights activist Diane Nash to campus at 7 p.m. March 27 at Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center.

The Women's Leadership Project will be accepting applications for NCCWSL until March 10. Four to six women will be selected, depending on application pool, and the majority of expenses will be covered.