FHSU Leadership 310 class to host leadership seminar for girls

A Leadership 310 class at Fort Hays State University is partnering with the Girls Scouts of Kansas Heartland to host Girl's Summit, a young women's leadership seminar.

The event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, in FHSU's Memorial Union.

Topics include self-confidence, dating safety, interpersonal communication and a presentation about FHSU's Women's Leadership Project.

Lunch is included. Door prizes will also be awarded.

Sessions are designed for girls from middle to high school age. Parents are also invited.

Dr. Mirta M. Martin, FHSU president, will deliver the keynote address on the importance of leadership and volunteerism and will share her experience in these areas.

Dr. Jill Arensdorf, chair of the Department of Leadership Studies, will focus on self-confidence in an interactive workshop that will teach girls how to build confidence in themselves and others.

The next session will look at healthy and unhealthy relationships in teenagers. Dr. Christie Brungardt, assistant professor of leadership studies, will teach participants how to promote healthy relationships and how to prevent dating violence.

"Well This Is Awkward … Discovering the World of Interpersonal Communication & Listening" will examine the nature of interpersonal relationships. Various types of listening and how it functions within relationships will also be discussed. Marcella Marez, instructor of communication studies, and Amanda Fairbanks, adjunct professor of communication studies, will present.

Three FHSU students, Holly Weiss, Anthony graduate student, Sadie Lungren, Manhattan senior, and Kaitlyn Dinges, Cimarron senior, will speak about the Women's Leadership Project and discuss the barriers that young girls face globally. Participants will make crafts to be sent to other girls around the world.

Registration is due on Monday, Nov. 24.

Attendance is free. Girls who are not already members of Girl Scouts will need to fill out paperwork to register. However, the normal fee will be waived, and registration for the summit does not require them to become involved in Girl Scouts activities.

To register, contact Girls Scouts of Kansas Heartland by phone at 785-625-5671 or email swardlattom@gskh.org.

This event is sponsored by the Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland and the Leadership 310 students at FHSU.

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