Susan N. Wilson NEW Leadership® New Jersey 2021 will officially be held virtually in June 2021!

Applications for NEW Leadership 2021 are now closed.
Please return in Fall 2021 for more information on the 2022 program.

In collaboration with NEW Leadership® National Network partners in over 15 states, the 2021 NEW Leadership® summer institute will be held virtually for five days over the course of two weeks: June 9th and 10th, and June 14th , 15th and 16th. Students will participate in a series of exciting virtual events each day and will have access to online resources, they will receive a NEW Leadership® care package and a daily food delivery gift card to defray the cost of their meals during the program. Pending the reopening of Rutgers University, students will attend a one-day, in-person, NEW Leadership® NJ program in the Fall 2021 semester at the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. Dates and details for this exciting reunion program will be sent in the summer

For more information please contact Christabel Cruz, Director of NEW Leadership®


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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
your own leadership potential

• LEARN about the political process and how policy decisions are made

• BECOME an effective advocate for the issues you care about

• MEET successful women leaders

• BUILD valuable networks with peers and mentors

"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 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.

What qualifications do you look for in successful applicants?

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.

Does it matter what my major is?

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. 

Where does the program take place?

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. 

Can I leave the program for work or class during NEW Leadership®?

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. 

How much does it cost?

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.

Who should I contact at my school?

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. 

NJ Participating Schools Contact Information


Atlantic Cape Community College
Lisa Givens
Manager, Student Activities

Bergen Community College
Gregory Fenkart
Coordinator Student Development

Bloomfield College

Brookdale Community College
Jill Donovan
Assistant Director, Student Life & Activities

Caldwell University
Dr. Domenic Maffei
Chair, Department of History and Political Science

Camden County College
Paul Smalls
Director of EOF

College of Saint Elizabeth
Naima Ricks, M.Ed.
Director of Student Engagement

County College of Morris
Pamela Marcenaro 
Dean, Learning Support & Opportunity Services

Cumberland County College
Keith Gorman
Director of Athletics and Student Life

Drew University
Carlos Yordan
Chair, Department of Political Science

Essex County College
Rebecca Williams

Fairleigh Dickinson University
Professor Krista Jenkins

Georgian Court University
Erin McCarron
Director of Student Development

Hudson County Community College
Phil Cafasso                   
Dean, Social Sciences

Kean University             
Sandra Espinal                               
Coordinator of Student Leadership

Mercer County College
Dianne Campbell
Executive Dean of Student Affairs

Middlesex County College 
Charlotte Quigley 
Director, Civic Engagement & Community Partnerships

Monmouth University
Lindsay Smith
Assistant Director, Student Activities

Montclair State University
Jillian Ploskonka
Assistant Director, Center for Leadership

New Jersey City University
Dr. Louise Stanton
Chair, Department of Political Science

New Jersey Institute of Technology
Nancy  Steffen-Fluhr    
Director, Murray Center for Women in Technology

Ocean County College
Alison Noone 
Assistant Director of Student Life

Passaic County Community College
Maria Louisa Marte
Director, Student Activities

Ramapo College of New Jersey
Tamika Quick,
Acting Coordinator of the Women’s Center

Raritan Valley Community College
Russell Barefoot
Director of Student Life

Rider University
Laura Seplaki 
Director of Leadership Programs

Rowan College at Gloucester County
Sheryl Ratliffe
Office of Academic Advisement

Rowan University 
Dr. Danielle Gougon
Department of Poltical Science

Rutgers University – School of Arts and Sciences

Rutgers University - Camden
Patrick Wallace
Associate Director, Campus Center

Rutgers Newark
Nikita Pandit
Assistant Director for Service Learning

Saint Peter's University
Jan Reimer
Director of Student Activities

Stevens Institute of Technology
Kristie Damell
Associate Dean of Students

Stockton University
Dianne Stalling
Assistant Director, Student Development

Sussex County Community College 
Amy Rude
Office of Student Activities

The College of New Jersey 
Ann Marie Nicolosi
Chair, Women's and Gender Studies Program

Union County College
Sharron Sparks
EOF Student Development Specialist

William Paterson University
Arlene Scala
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:
  • Trip to the State House in Trenton
  • Keynote talk by Tiffany Palmer, NEW Leadership® Class of ‘92, Democratic Nominee for Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia 
  • Political Action Project on voting laws in New Jersey.