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Ripple Effect sponsors events across campus, listening session, for International Women's Day

February 18, 2014

Campus community encouraged to provide feedback during listening session.

Ripple Effect logoColorado State University’s Ripple Effect initiative is sponsoring and supporting numerous campus events in recognition of International Women’s Day, which is observed on Saturday, March 8.

In addition to the Ripple Effect’s first keynote speaker, Lelia Janah, who is expected to speak to a full house at CSU on March 6, Ripple Effect leadership and faculty will hold a listening session and report on progress made during the first six months of the initiative to make CSU the best place for women to work and learn.

Additional events, which are free and open to the public, include:

Wednesday, March 5

Women + Men = Transformational Leadership, 10-11:30  Lory Student Center Room 228: This seminar will reveal that balanced leadership- women and men- is the key to transformation leadership. Transformational leadership that builds on the strengths of women and men, not just one gender, will answer many of today and tomorrow’s global issues. Nancy Irlbeck is the associate dean of Academic Affairs in the College of Agricultural Sciences. She has served in that role for almost 9 years and spending 15 years in the Department of Animal Sciences. Her passions include students, animals, animal nutrition, and looking towards the future. 

Women senior faculty at CSU:  What needs to change? Noon – 1 p.m., Lory Student Center 228: This panel discussion will include:

  • Alex Bernasek, Department of Political Science and faculty representative to the Board of Governors;
  • Sue James, Mechanical Engineering department head;
  • Melinda Laituri, Forest, Rangeland and Watershed Stewardship department, Ecosystem Science and Sustainability;
  • Nancy Levinger, Chemistry department;
  • and Irene Vernon, Ethnic Studies chair

Panel participants will briefly discuss concerns and challenges facing women senior faculty in their disciplines and at CSU, and offer suggestions for what needs to change to address these concerns. The session will conclude with further discussion with members of the audience.

Girl Rising, 6-8 p.m., Behavioral Sciences Building Room 131: “Girl Rising” is a film that journeys around the globe to witness the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change the world. Viewers get to know nine unforgettable girls living in the developing world: ordinary girls who confront tremendous challenges and overcome nearly impossible odds to pursue their dreams.

Thursday, March 6

Ripple Effect progress report and listening session, 4-5 p.m., Behavioral Sciences Building Room 107: Ripple Effect leadership (Amy Parsons, vice president of University Operations, and Lorie Smith, director of Training and Organizational Development) and faculty members will lead a salon style discussion to gather feedback regarding how to make CSU the best place to work if you’re a woman. In addition, Parsons and Smith will report on progress made through the Ripple Effect initiative during its first six months.

Leila Janah, Keynote Address (sold out, tickets required), 7 p.m., Behavioral Sciences Building 131: Leila Janah, an internationally-known social entrepreneur, will speak at Colorado State University as part of the university's celebration of International Women's Day.

About the Ripple Effect

The Ripple Effect was launched after President Tony Frank charged Amy Parsons, vice president for university operations, with leading an effort to make CSU just that – the best place for women to work and learn. The project seeks comments from women and men across the campus community about what changes can be made at CSU to reach that goal. To become part of the conversation, visit

Contact: Dell Rae Ciaravola
Phone: 970-491-6009