Summer Lewis, co-founder of True Roots, has been named as one of three awardees recognized as outstanding alumni by the Kansas State University College of Arts and Sciences.
On Thursday, October 19th 2017 Summer will receive the College’s Young Alumni Award which commends alumni who have excelled in providing humanitarian services early on in their careers.
Summer graduated from K-State in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, Sociology and Women’s Studies. Her close bond with the university has continued into her further studies and work in international development, specifically in the areas of fair trade, the coffee value chain, gender equity, and peace and conflict resolution. Summer is also an adjunct faculty member of Kansas State University, and has created and teaches two online courses: “International Development” for Landscape Architecture, Regional and Community Planning’s Master of Community Development program; and “Women and Globalization,” an undergraduate course in Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies, focused on gender equity and women’s contribution at various levels of the coffee value chain.
Being back in Kansas to attend the awards celebration will provide Summer with the special opportunity to share with peers and students at her alma mater. In collaboration with the university departments of Gender, Women and Sexuality studies, Modern Languages, and Sociology, Anthropology and Social work, she will present: “Advocating for Gender Equity, Peace, and Sustainable Development: Notes from a Wildcat in the Field” on October 25th.
Summer will reflect on her academic and professional journey in the talk, weaving together stories from her work in economic development, gender equity, and peace and conflict resolution. She will also offer advice to those looking to make a positive impact in the world.
Congratulations, Summer, and thank you for supporting others on their development journeys by sharing your experience.