Phenomenal Women

Phenomenal Women is a program that focuses on undergraduate and graduate students at Wichita State University. This group supports the Women of Color (WoC) at this institution and the experiences that they share.

Phenomenal Women will:

  • Provide a space that strengthens the bonds between women
  • Create a network between the students, staff, faculty and alumni of color
  • Develop leaders, improve communication and collaboration
  • Strengthen values and self-esteem

This builds a community that focuses on self-reflection, identity development, self-efficacy, and celebrating the cultural influences that shape the lives of people of color.

Structure

  • Students who participate in Phenomenal Women will be able to identify at least one peer and one professional to create a network that contributes to their personal, professional and/or academic development.
  • As a result of participating in this group, students will be able to demonstrate effective communication and collaboration skills that help them foster self-development.
  • By the end of the academic year, students will be able to recognize how their personal identities contribute to Wichita State University and/or society.

Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes describes what Phenomenal Women are able to demonstrate in terms of knowledge, skills and values upon their participation in the group.

Leadership Development

Developing our women into leaders is vital to this support group as leadership development expands the capacity of individuals to perform in leadership roles within organizations.

Collaboration

Collaboration is a soft skill that many organizations, especially in the career industry value. By working together, our women are able to effectively enhance the development of critical thinking skills and work with those who they do not necessarily work with on a daily basis.

Effective Communication

Applying effective communication skills in a variety of public and interpersonal settings through our sessions allows our women understand group processes, manage conflict, promote active listening and have appropriate self-disclosure.

Clarified Values

Being active in Phenomenal Women reinforces the concept to clarify, develop and live their own values, while respecting the views and beliefs of others, as well as cultivating an understanding of the dimensions of human diversity while recognizing the common humanity of all.

Join Phenomenal Women TODAY!

The first step to start journey with Phenomenal Women is to sign up for this group. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion believes that all students that we serve have amazing potential at Wichita State and we believe you can lean into discomfort to take advantage of all the opportunities that lies ahead of you. We believe that Phenomenal Women will be able to foster your personal and professional development while you are here at Wichita State and hopefully, be able to build networks and connections that will create everlasting relationships beyond college. In our views, we do not see Phenomenal Women being time consuming at all. Our goal is to ensure you have a safe space and networking outlet outside of your academics and extracurricular activities. We hope to able to help you with your leadership development, collaboration, effective communication and clarify, develop and live your own values. If you are interested in joining Phenomenal Women, please fill out the registration form below:

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Spring 2022 Sessions

January

Session 1
5:30-7 p.m.
Thursday, January 27
Rhatigan Student Center 261

February

Session 2: Sip & Script with Andrah de Alwis
5:30-7 p.m.
Thursday, February 10
Rhatigan Student Center 262

Andrah de Alwis, the creative behind Ellipsis Design Co. and local businesswoman, will lead a fun modern calligraphy class including instruction and demonstration, a beginner’s calligraphy kit, and all the materials to write on. Everything is yours to keep at the end of the class! Afterwards, you can enjoy a hot cup of cocoa while Andrah shares what it means to be a woman in business.
Session 3: Hip-Hop Dance with Jondalyn Marshall
5:30-7 p.m.
Thursday, February 24
Heskett Center 145A

You are recommended to wear appropriate clothing and shoes to participate in this hip-hop dance session. Please bring your own water bottles.
Jondalyn Marshall makes fitness fun and exciting while helping people have confidence in themselves. Her business "Road to Hauteness" has been an avenue of health and wellness for many people. Jondalyn won the Urban Professionals "Entrepreneur of the Year" in 2015 and later went on to win an award for her work with Road to Hauteness, "Women in Business," from the Wichita Business Journal. She has taught several fitness classes in Wichita and enjoys working with young people! Her goal is to create a space for young people to feel empowered; mind, body and spirit!

March

Session 4: Diversity Lecture Series
5:30-7 p.m.
Thursday, March 10
TBD
Session 5
5:30-7 p.m.
Thursday, March 24
Rhatigan Student Center 261

April

Session 6
5:30-7 p.m.
Thursday, April 14
Rhatigan Student Center 261
Session 7
5:30-7 p.m.
Thursday, April 28
Rhatigan Student Center 261

Facilitators

Phenomenal Women has dedicated advisors committed to empowering our Women of Color at Wichita State University through leadership and professional development.

Alexus Scott

Alexus Scott

Staff Facilitator
alexus.scott@wichita.edu