2020 Arkansas State University-Mountain Home
1600 South College St.
Mountain Home, AR 72653

Step Up, Reach Back

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Our Mission

Step Up, Reach Back is committed to cultivating confident, capable young girls and women who will achieve high goals on their paths to college and careers.


The ASUMH Leadership Intern program is an exciting opportunity for a select group of students through the Women’s Leadership Center at Arkansas State University Jonesboro.  Women selected for the program are mentored by local professional women in a variety of leadership development activities. The Center is founded by Kathy White Loyd who serves as the Executive Director. Dr. Loyd is originally from Oxford, Arkansas. She has retired from an impressive career in industry and is currently a member of the Mattel Board of Directors. She funds a scholarship at ASUMH and continues her relationship with our campus and our students through the Women’s Leadership Center.

Getting Started

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Each fall the ASUMH Leadership Intern Step Up, Reach Back program accepts applications from new and returning ASUMH students who are interested in networking with professional women and willing to give of themselves by reaching back and encouraging another young woman. Local women have committed their time to helping young women develop their leadership potential.

The Application Process is Easy!

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All women registered for classes by August 1 are invited to apply.  The application includes the list of required activities for the year. Daytime activities occur on Monday between 12:15 – 1:30pm. Women interested in applying for the program should avoid scheduling classes during this time.


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Interns are asked to commit to:

  • Enrolling in a minimum of six credit hours per semester

  • Maintaining a 2.0 cumulative GPA

  • Attending bi-monthly sessions with the mentors

  • Attending monthly sessions with other interns

  • Participating in at least one Reach Back activity per semester


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Ms. Karen Heslep
Dean, School of Business and Technology
1600 South College Street
Mountain Home, AR 72653
Phone: 870-508-6185
Email: kheslep@asumh.edu
Office: Integrity First Hall Room 210

Contact Info

Ms. Karen Heslep
Dean, School of Business and Technology
1600 South College Street
Mountain Home, AR 72653
Phone: 870-508-6185
Email: kheslep@asumh.edu
Office: Integrity First Hall Room 210

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Step Up, Reach Back Intern Application



An important part of the Leadership Intern program is service to others. Reaching back after you have been through the program and helping a new member of the program is encouraged. Consider the list of ideas below and mark at least two things you would be willing to do.

Statement of Commitment
By signing this form, I agree to the following:
  1. I will enroll in at least 6 credit hours per semester.
  2. I will maintain at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA.
  3. I will attend orientation, retreat, by-monthly meetings with my mentor(s), and any other required activities on the attached required activities list.
  4. I will participate in planning and executing a leadership event.
  5. I will provide feedback to the mentors.
I confirm that all information on my application is accurate and I give the Women’s Leadership Center permission to verify any information included in this application. My signature below represents an awareness of my commitment and responsibilities to my mentor(s) and the Leadership Intern program.
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