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About NEW Leadership

  • The Tri-College NEW (National Education for Women's) Leadership Development Institute is a five-day residential program designed to provide leadership training, inspiration, and support for women who do not already have extensive leadership experience.
  • There is a particular emphasis on recruiting women from groups that have typically been underrepresented voices in the political process, such as women of color, low-income women, and women with disabilities.
  • Participants attend workshops on running for office, public speaking, community organizing, public policy advocacy, and working with the media.  Selected participants meet with over twenty women leaders, including state and local officials, women in tribal government, and grassroots activists who discuss running for office, balancing public and private lives, and means of addressing public policy issues.
  • Participants and faculty in residence (FIRs) reside on campus throughout the five-day institute, extending learning beyond the formal daytime sessions and providing opportunities to build strong ties and relationships with women who are already experienced public leaders.
  • Participants apply what they learn to exercises that develop skills for working with the media, public speaking, and community organizing.
  • After the institute, each participant will develop a written action plan for working on an issue affecting her community.