WSU Selected for Women’s Leadership Development Program

PULLMAN Wash. — The Washington State University Women’s Resource
Center has been selected to become a partner in the National Education for
Women’s Leadership Development Network. The program is designed to
address the historic and contemporary under-representation of women in
politics by educating and empowering the next generation of women leaders.

WSU will be one of nine institutions nationally to serve as a regional site for
the NEW leadership program. The WRC will receive a grant from the W.K.
Kellogg Foundation to implement the program in 2001.

The award-winning NEW leadership program was developed by the Center for
the American Woman in Politics, a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at
Rutgers University.

The program is a yearlong leadership education experience, beginning with an
intensive five- to 10-day summer institute. Students interact with women from a
variety of political and policy-making roles, learn from educators in the field of
women and politics, participate in hands-on, skill-building workshops, and
discuss their own concepts of leadership.

During the residential institute, students are joined by Faculty in Residence,
political women who agree to be on hand throughout the program to provide
insight into the life of a woman leader.

In 1999, this innovative and comprehensive program was named an “Exemplary
Leadership Project” by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, one of the nation’s
premier funders of young people’s leadership education programming.

CAWP will spend the next three years working with nine higher education
institutions to expand the NEW leadership program nationally. Institutions
selected to become partners in the network will implement the NEW leadership
program within their designated region.

The WRC will collaborate with the Coalition for Women Students, the Thomas
S. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service, and the Women’s
Studies Program to advance NEW leadership throughout the Pacific Northwest
region. Potential program outreach will include Washington (east of the
Cascades), Idaho, Montana, and North and South Dakota.