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Interactive Theatre to Promote Difficult Dialogues about Inequities in STEM Undergraduate Education

March 6th, 2018, 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm

K-State Alumni Center's Tadtman Boardroom

RSVP: https://kstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eVYeZXC994MUtE1  

Drs. Camacho and Lord will be leading an interactive theatre session titled "Interactive Theatre to Promote Difficult Dialogues about Inequities in STEM Undergraduate Education."  Undergraduate STEM education continues to struggle with how to create an inclusive climate for a diverse community of students.  Typical approaches to addressing this problem have not been successful, suggesting a need for innovative approaches. In this interactive session, Drs. Camacho and Lord use “Interactive Theatre”, developed at the University of Michigan, to engage faculty in difficult dialogues and sensitive topics. They will highlight key structural problems and structures of inequity and consider strategies to avoid these biases.  The focus will be on the undergraduate student experience.  Short skits will be presented to highlight inequities or microagressions and explore creative solutions to address them and change the culture of undergraduate education.

This session is open to K-State students, faculty, staff and administrators, space is limited. Please RSVP here:  as soon as possible. Registration closes Friday, March 2nd at 5 pm.

Check out the bio's for Dr. Camacho and Dr. Lord below:

Dr. Camacho

Dr. Lord 

GROW "Out of This World" Workshop

Saturday, February 24, 2018

On Saturday, February 24thGirls Researching Our World (GROW) will host a workshop for middle school students, intended to provide them with hands-on experiences in activities to support their interest in STEM fields. K-State faculty, staff, and students are invited to design and facilitate activities our event. 

Activities should incorporate the workshop’s theme, “Out of This World”, to demonstrate how various STEM fields relate to NASA, or how things might change if they were taking place in space. For example:

  • a topic like "river ecosystems" on Earth can be investigated in the hands-on portion of the activity, and then a discussion about the significance of finding rivers on moons and planets can wrap up the session
  • a topic like "DNA damage repair" can be investigated in the context of looking at cancer cells, and then related to the effects of space radiation on astronauts
  • other ideas:
    • how to grow plants in space
    • understanding the geology of other planets
    • the sociological dynamics of space crews
    • the psychological demands of an astronaut
    • physics of motion in zero-g
    • an astronaut's diet and exercise routine
    • sustainable living on a spacecraft
    • biological needs for life to exist on other planets
    • properties of materials and textiles used in space

The KAWSE Program Coordinator is available to help brainstorm activity ideas and relate your area of expertise to the theme of our event. We can also help find student volunteers to assist you with your activity. 

Activity sessions are 45 minutes long, attended by 10-15 middle school students at a time, and occur at 10am, 11am, 1pm, and 2pm. A GROW student employee will chaperone each group to and from sessions, and will be present in the activity to help you facilitate as needed. A free lunch will be provided at Noon for all volunteers. A small budget for activity supplies is available. Interested parties should contact the KAWSE Program Coordinator, Sara Heiman, as soon as possible. Activity details need to be finalized by February 9th

We anticipate this event will be attended by approximately 100 students. As always, we are happy to provide letters of support to grant agencies for those who collaborate with us. 

If you are interested, please contact the KAWSE Program Coordinator, Sara Heiman, as soon as possible. 

Informal Gathering at the Manhattan Country Club*

  • Thursday, May 11th from 5:30-6:30pm

*The country club is located at 1531 N. 10th Street.  Just drive north on 10th Street until it ends at the Country Club.  It is on the top of the steep hill and there is no gate.  We will be in the Pineview room. It will have comfortable chairs and access to the bar. Please enter the main doors (the doors at the circle drive).   We'll have signs with directions up to help guide you.  The country club accepts credit cards and cash.

Upcoming ADLS Speakers

Women of Distinction Recognition Ceremony

  • September 13, 2018 in the KSU Student Union Ballroom