Women's Resource Center

New Leadership at WSU

NEW Leadership Participants

National Education for Women (NEW) Leadership is a national nonpartisan program that educates and encourages outstanding college women to develop paths towards leadership. NEW Leadership Summer Institute is based on a curriculum developed by the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University to address the underrepresentation of women in politics. The Washington State University program is tailored to reflect Washington's particular political culture and climate by creating a network of current women leaders who share a commitment to making a difference in Washington communities. Washington State University's NEW Leadership-WSU Summer Institute boasts over 200 alumni. Among that number, one attended the Seattle University School of Law, several interned in city and county offices, many decided to attend graduate school, and others volunteered in community organizations or accepted international posts in education. Students of ALL MAJORS and BACKGROUNDS from any Washington university or college are encouraged to apply!

What Do NEW Leadership Participants Learn?

New Leadership-WSU teaches leadership through action. Participants:

  • Practice public speaking, planning, organizing, and networking to address real social problems.

  • Draw on the expertise of seasonal coaches and the expertise of women leaders in government, business, science, and the community.
  • Learn a set of skills designed specifically to prepare college women for public leadership.

By participating in this six-day residential, NEW Leadership- WSU program, college women find out why and how to develop their own leadership skills through interaction with Washington’s past and present women officeholders, business leaders, policy specialists, and activists. Hands-on skills- building workshops teach women to lead by taking action. 

 Why NEW Leadership-WSU?

Among full-time workers in Washington State, women still earn an average of just 78 cents for every dollar men earn. Women who work full time earn less than men at every educational level, and in some cases earn less than men with lower qualifications. Just 32% of the Washington State Legislature is female, and only 20% of corporations have more than three women on their boards.

NEW Leadership Creating Change

The goal of NEW Leadership is to change those numbers, to show young women-no matter their major or career path-that politics is not a spectator sport. Political participation allows women to help shape laws, policies, and decision-making in a way that reflects their interests and needs, as well as those of their families and communities

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Thanks to a grant from the Women's Funding Alliance, the Women's Resource Center re-launched the NEW Leadership-WSU Summer Institute in June 2016.  We are very excited to continue to offer this amazing opportunity, and look forward to a great program in 2017!