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She Shall Overcome

Kansas Wesleyan University is pleased to present inspiring stories and in-depth discussions about challenges diverse women have in pursuing educational goals and overcoming barriers to achieving success in careers and in life. The discussion, part of the KWU spring Intersection Series, will take place Thursday, April 20, at 6 p.m. in Peters Science Hall, Room 201.

Dr. Rosa M. Banda is an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Her primary research interests include high-achieving Latinas in engineering, gifted poor students of color, faculty diversity and qualitative research. Dr. Banda was a Research Associate to the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Chair in Education in the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. She earned her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration and Human Resource Development from Texas A&M University-College Station and holds a M.Ed. in Adult & Higher Education with a cognate in Bicultural/Bilingual Studies and a B.A. in Communications. In addition to numerous national and international presentations, Dr. Banda's most recent publications include two co-edited books titled "Priorities of the Professoriate: Engaging Multiple Forms of Scholarship Across Rural and Urban Institutions" and "Black Faculty in the Academy: Narratives for Negotiating Identity and Achieving Career Success."

Monshonda Booker is the Director of the Upward Bound Program at Kansas State Polytechnic. Being a first-generation student, she is very passionate about the importance of education and the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of students. She has a B.S. in Rehabilitation Services from Stephen F. Austin State University and a M.S. in Education Administration, with an emphasis in Student affairs, from Texas A&M University. Mrs. Booker has a background in academic advising, facilitating a freshman seminar for first-generation and low-income students, student conduct, Department of Family and Protective Services, Prevention Specialist for gateway drug use by high school students and working with at-risk youth.

Dr. Genyne L. Royal has served as a dedicated professional in the field of higher education for 20 years as a scholar/practitioner in student learning and development and academic resilience and student success. Her research and work has a specific focus on underserved, underrepresented, and racial and ethnic marginalized student populations. She earned her Ph.D. in higher education administration from Texas A&M University, a master's degree in counseling from North Carolina A&T State University and a bachelor's degree in vocal music from Shaw University in Raleigh, N.C. As an experienced administrator, Dr. Royal has worked with colleagues across various campuses on issues associated with university governance and organizational structure, budgeting/budget reallocation, exploring the experiences and perceptions in relation to diversity and inclusion, as well as the general aspirational direction of several higher education institutions.
Lori Train graduated from Kansas Wesleyan University in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in Biology Education. She has taught for 11 years. Nine of those years have been at Salina South High School, where she has taught anatomy & physiology, biology, earth & space science, and medical investigations. Prior to that, she taught biology and earth & space science at Topeka High School. She is active at St. John's Missionary Baptist Church where she was the youth director of Worship on Wednesdays for three years and now directs the second grade and under choir.

The panel discussion will be facilitated by Dr. Meredith Drees, KWU's director of Experiential Learning and assistant professor of Religion and Philosophy.

Lunch Discussion Noon-1 p.m.

Come to Stewart Dining Room, Pfeiffer Hall, for an open dialogue on diversity in higher education. Bring your own lunch.