Who should apply to NEW Leadership® New Jersey?
NEW Leadership® is open to women at all higher education institutions in New Jersey. Eligible applicants must be registered for the 2020-2021 academic year in either a two-year institution or be a rising junior or senior at a four-year institution.
CAWP is committed to including women from diverse socioeconomic, ethnic, racial and educational backgrounds in each NEW Leadership® class. We strongly encourage women of color, non-traditional college students, students who may be nonbinary, gender nonconforming and/or transgender, and students with a wide range of ideological perspectives and majors to apply.
At NEW Leadership® you will
"Not only did I gain leadership skills, I left the
program with a strong network of future leaders."
NEW Leadership® is supported by donations from corporate sponsors and individuals that cover some of the program costs. Each participating college and university is asked to pay a $100 program fee per student. There is no direct cost to the students. Meals for all virtual and in-person programming will be subsidized by the Center for American Women and Politics and students will receive additional materials and resources.
Applicants are required to provide contact information for a faculty or staff member at their school who agrees to assist them in obtaining funding for the NEW Leadership® program fee. A limited number of scholarships will be available to students who are unable to obtain sponsorship from their schools.
Check the NJ Participating Schools Contact Information tab for contacts who have agreed to help students find funding and contact NEW Leadership director, Christabel Cruz at firstname.lastname@example.org if you cannot reach a funding contact.
NEW Leadership® FAQ's
Who is eligible to apply?
NEW Leadership® New Jersey is open to undergraduate students enrolled in any New Jersey college or university and New Jersey residents enrolled in out-of-state schools. Rising juniors, seniors, and graduates at 4-year institutions and students at 2-year institutions in any class year are eligible to apply. We strongly encourage women of color, LGBTQ women and nonbinary students, and nontraditional college women to apply. Each NEW Leadership® class includes women from diverse socioeconomic, ethnic, racial and educational backgrounds.
Demonstrated leadership experience in your campus or community and a commitment to expanding knowledge about politics and civic engagement are primary considerations. We look for participants with diverse backgrounds and experiences who will contribute to the knowledge of the group by offering different perspectives and are open to learning from others.
No, past participants have represented a wide range of majors including; music, biology, business, social work, education, criminal justice, women and gender studies, and political science. There is no specific academic profile for the successful NEW Leadership® participant. Students of all academic backgrounds should learn to be advocates and public leaders.
The 2021 program will be held entirely virtually on a platform to be disclosed upon acceptance to the program. In the fall, one day of the 2021 program will be held in person at the Eagleton Institute of Politics on the New Brunswick campus of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.
In most years, the program is held residentially on the the Rutgers University-New Brunswick campus and includes a day trip to the state capital, Trenton. We hope to return to this format in 2022.
NEW Leadership® New Jersey is a full-time program, and participants are required to participate in all virtual sessions. Week One of the NEWL Summer Institute will be June 9th and 10th, 2021, and Week Two will be June 14th, 15th, and 16th, 2021. Participants should prepare to be available from 12 pm – 6 pm EST on those days for a variety of programming sessions. Breaks will be scheduled throughout the course of each day.
There is no direct cost to students. Each participating college and university is asked to pay a $100 program fee per student in order to defray expenses. Meals for all virtual and in-person programming will be subsidized by the Center for American Women and Politics. Applicants are required to provide contact information for a faculty or staff member at their school who will agree to assist them in obtaining funding for the $100 NEW Leadership® NJ program fee. A limited number of scholarships are available for students who are unable to obtain funding from their schools.
For a list of individuals at each institution who have agreed to assist with funding, please check the Participating Schools section of our website or reach out to NEW Leadership® Director, Christabel Cruz.
Atlantic Cape Community College
Manager, Student Activities
Bergen Community College
Coordinator Student Development
Brookdale Community College
Assistant Director, Student Life & Activities
Dr. Domenic Maffei
Chair, Department of History and Political Science
Camden County College
Director of EOF
College of Saint Elizabeth
Naima Ricks, M.Ed.
Director of Student Engagement
County College of Morris
Dean, Learning Support & Opportunity Services
Cumberland County College
Director of Athletics and Student Life
Chair, Department of Political Science
Essex County College
Fairleigh Dickinson University
Professor Krista Jenkins
Georgian Court University
Director of Student Development
Hudson County Community College
Dean, Social Sciences
Coordinator of Student Leadership
Mercer County College
Executive Dean of Student Affairs
Middlesex County College
Director, Civic Engagement & Community Partnerships
Assistant Director, Student Activities
Montclair State University
Assistant Director, Center for Leadership
New Jersey Institute of Technology
Director, Murray Center for Women in Technology
Ocean County College
Assistant Director of Student Life
Passaic County Community College
Maria Louisa Marte
Director, Student Activities
Ramapo College of New Jersey
Acting Coordinator of the Women’s Center
Raritan Valley Community College
Director of Student Life
Dr. Danielle Gougon
Department of Poltical Science
Rutgers University – School of Arts and Sciences
Rutgers University - Camden
Associate Director, Campus Center
Assistant Director for Service Learning
Assistant Director, Student Development
Sussex County Community College
Office of Student Activities
The College of New Jersey
Ann Marie Nicolosi
Chair, Women's and Gender Studies Program
Union County College
EOF Student Development Specialist
William Paterson University
Chair, Women's Studies Department
NEW Leadership® New Jersey was held June 6-11, 2019.
Students from 20 New Jersey colleges and universities were selected to attend.
NEW Leadership® class of 2019 at the New Jersey State House in Trenton.
Highlights of NEW Leadership® NJ 2019 included: