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Lewis, Summer
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Contact Information:
Office: 785-532-5961
Home University:

Kansas State University
Kansas State University 302 Seaton Hall
920 N 17th St
Manhattan, KS 66506

Program involvement
Community Development - Instructor


Summer Lewis is a specialist in international development, trade, gender and the coffee value chain, with a passion for cultivating knowledge and action for social and economic good. She teaches for Kansas State University (KSU) and Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (Great Plains IDEA), piloting a new “International Development” course for the Great Plains IDEA online master’s in Community Development program. She also teaches “Women and Globalization,” a course focused on gender equity and women’s contribution at various levels of the coffee value chain, for the KSU Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies undergraduate program.

Lewis is the co-founder of True Roots, an international development consulting firm specializing in the planning, assessment and impact measurement of social responsibility initiatives. True Roots provides support to Rotary projects and Rotary Global Grants and offers learning tours to connect individuals and organizations with communities and development projects in Latin America.

Lewis holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Sociology, Spanish, and Women’s Studies from KSU and completed a master’s in International Studies as a Rotary Peace Fellow at the University of Queensland, Australia. Originally from Manhattan, Kansas, Lewis has lived more than half her life abroad and is currently based in Mexico.  


M.I.S. in International Studies with specialization in Peace and Conflict Resolution, University of Queensland, Australia, 2012
B.A. in Sociology, Kansas State University, 2005
B.A. in Modern Languages with specialization in Spanish, Kansas State University, 2005
B.A. in Women's Studies, Kansas State University, 2005