The Tri-College NEW (National Education for Women’s) Leadership Development Institute, coordinated by Dr. Deborah White, Sociology, was recently awarded a $3,000 grant from West Central Initiative. West Central Initiative is a regional community foundation that serves nine counties in west central Minnesota. The grant will be used to help fund the 2013 Institute.

The Tri-College NEW Leadership Development Institute provides leadership training, inspiration, and support for women who do not have extensive leadership experience. Each year approximately 40-50 women are selected to participate in the five-day program aimed at promoting public and community leadership among women of diverse backgrounds who reside in the Upper Midwest.

The 2013 Tri-College NEW Leadership Development Institute will take place June 5-9 at MSUM. For information, contact Dr. Deborah White, Institute Coordinator, at 218.477.2041 or or visit