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Barbara Ballard joined the Dole Institute in 2004. As Associate Director of Outreach, she coordinates the Dole Scholars program, the Youth Civic Leadership Institute (YCLI), Civic Engagement Week, Constitution Day, the Government and History Teachers Conference, Veteran’s Day events, and a Women Running for Office series. Barbara has been with the University of Kansas since August 1980, where she has served as an Associate Vice Provost for Student Success, Associate Dean for Student Life and the Director of the Emily Taylor Women’s Resource Center. Barbara, a Ph.D. in Counseling and Student Personnel Services, also teaches for the School of Education and Department of Women’s Studies.
Barbara is also a State Representative for the 44th District, first elected to the Kansas House of Representatives on November 3, 1992. Barbara serves on the House Leadership Team as the Democratic Caucus Chair and is the first African American to serve on Leadership. She is the President of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators.