Do you know a woman who cares deeply about serving her community and deserves the opportunity to have her leadership interest recognized, mentored, and inspired? Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 NEW Leadership Development Institute, to be held May 30-June 3 at MSUM. This intensive five-day residential program is designed to provide leadership training, inspiration, and support for women who do not have extensive leadership experience. There is particular emphasis on recruiting women from groups that have typically been underrepresented voices in the political process.

Participants attend workshops on:

  • public speaking
  • conflict resolution
  • public policy advocacy
  • working with the traditional and new media
  • running for office
  • building community partnerships

Participants meet with over thirty women leaders, including:

  • state and local elected officials
  • leaders in tribal government
  • community activists
  • nonprofit leaders

We seek applicants with interest in politics, public service, or community service who desire to create positive change in their communities. They need not be college students. Approximately 40 college and community women will be accepted. All participants and some women leaders reside on campus throughout the institute, extending learning beyond the formal daytime sessions.

Thanks to the generosity of donors, there is no cost to participate. Funds are available for some individuals with restricted incomes to assist with travel and/or childcare expenses incurred during the five-day institute. Participants have the option of registering for a three-credit undergraduate course in Women’s Studies, Sociology, or Social Work. Those who choose to register for course credit will have to pay course registration expenses.

For information and the APPLICATION, visit: www.mnstate.edu/new-leadership.

Applications will be accepted until March 23. If you have additional questions, contact Dr. Deb White, NEW Leadership Northern Lights Coordinator at whitede@mnstate.edu.