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What is NEW Leadership™

NEW Leadership™ is a national bi-partisan program developed by the Center for Women and Politics at Rutgers University to address the underrepresentation of women in American politics. The six-day residential summer institute educates college women about the important role that politics plays in their lives and encourages them to become effective leaders in the political arena.

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NEW Leadership™ brings together college women from across the political spectrum to discuss the roles of women in leadership and politics. The program exposes participants to new ideas and opportunities as they consider their future careers.  

Participants are undergraduate women representing a wide range of socioeconomic, ethnic, racial and educational backgrounds and academic majors.  We encourage applications from non-traditional college students, women of color, and students majoring in fields outside political science.

Learning From Women Leaders

NEW Leadership™ participants meet women leaders with a wide range of backgrounds, educational experiences, and political views. During the program, students hear from women who are shaping public policy as elected officials, community leaders and issue advocates. These women serve as role models and mentors, illustrating the challenges that women leaders face as well as the opportunities they encounter to make a difference.

Watch video of Erin Vilardi's Workshop from 2014, "Women + Politics + Tech = 21st Century Power." Erin is the founder and Executive Director of RunVoteLead.

Developing  Leadership Skills

Many NEW Leadership™ sessions are interactive workshops and hands-on exercises that encourage participants to practice their leadership skills. Students participate in workshops such as public speaking, conflict resolution, networking and advocacy training.
 

Addressing Issues of Diversity

Leadership in the 21st century will require the ability to work with diverse groups and constituencies.  

Each NEW Leadership™ class includes students from a wide range of racial, ethnic, educational, political and economic backgrounds. During the summer institute, students interact with people who have different ideas and life experiences. NEW Leadership™ provides students with a safe space where they can respectfully address issues of diversity and discuss the difficulties associated with leadership in a diverse society.

View photos from the 2014 NEW Leadership Texas Summer Institute

View the NEW Leadership™ Texas 2014 Program Agenda
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NEW Leadership™ Texas class of 2014 at the Texas State Capitol, with Keynote Speaker, Representative Senfronia Thompson, and at Austin City Hall (Photo Credit: Mikhaela Locklear)


For Program Support We Thank:

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