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APSU political science professor launches symposium for young women

An Austin Peay State University faculty member recently selected for the APSU Summer Faculty Research Fellows Program (SFRP) will conduct the first Young Women’s Leadership Symposium later this month on campus.

Dr. Marsha Lyle-Gonga, assistant professor of political science, will use the stipend awarded from the University’s SRFP to fund the symposium, scheduled for May 16-17. The two-day seminar is designed to increase the political efficacy of young women ages 18-24 through leadership development and civic engagement activities.

An Austin Peay State University faculty member recently selected for the APSU Summer Faculty Research Fellows Program (SFRP) will conduct the first Young Women’s Leadership Symposium later this month on campus.

Dr. Marsha Lyle-Gonga, assistant professor of political science, will use the stipend awarded from the University’s SRFP to fund the symposium, scheduled for May 16-17. The two-day seminar is designed to increase the political efficacy of young women ages 18-24 through leadership development and civic engagement activities.

The symposium, which has an anticipated enrollment of 50 women, will be held both days in the Morgan University Center Ballroom.

On May 16, participants will be taught a series of courses on basic leadership styles and development and assigned a service-learning project.

The next day of the seminar, the women will work on their assigned community service project at local nonprofit agencies. They will present their work at the end of the session.

In addition, women in leadership and nonprofit service organizations will be invited as guest speakers to reflect on their own leadership development and provide service-learning opportunities.

Prior to joining the faculty ranks, Lyle-Gonga was the director of APSU’s High School Upward Bound (HSUB) federally funded program for eight years. Before serving as HSUB’s administrator, she was an academic counselor in Student Support Services on campus.

Her research interests include participation of women in politics, participation and voter registration of minority groups in the American political process and issues that focus on African and West Indian experiences in artistic, literary, historical and sociopolitical environments. She earned a doctorate in public policy and administration from Walden University in Minneapolis, Minn., master’s in urban administration from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and bachelor’s in political science from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio.

The Summer Research Fellows Program (SRFP) awards up to $5,000 for proposals by tenured or tenure-track faculty to develop a research project that should place them in a better position to seek external funding.

For more information about the Young Women’s Leadership Symposium, call the APSU Department of Political Science at 931-221-7515. -- Melony Shemberger