Susan N. Wilson NEW Leadership® (NEWL) NJ is a statewide college women’s public leadership training program at the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers-New Brunswick. This six-day residential summer institute educates college students about the important role that politics plays in the lives of women, introduces them to successful women leaders, and provides them with the tools to become more involved in the political process.
CAWP’s mission is to promote greater knowledge and understanding about the role of women in American politics, enhance women's influence in public life, and expand the diversity of women in politics and government. As the world has watched Americans electing women for the nation's highest offices, including the first woman Vice-President, CAWP’s five decades of analyzing and interpreting women’s participation in American politics has provided a foundation and context for the discussion. CAWP’s education and outreach programs, such as NEW Leadership®, translate its cutting-edge research findings into action, providing NEW Leadership® participants with the opportunity to learn from scholars and affiliates of CAWP and gain access to its many resources.
NEW Leadership®, a non-partisan six-day residential program, gives undergraduate students the tools to become effective leaders in the political arena regardless of their academic interests or career path. The Susan N. Wilson NEW Leadership® New Jersey summer institute is a non-partisan, six-day residential program that will take place June 8-13, 2023 at the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. During the summer institute, students will meet women leaders, learn about women’s participation in American politics, and develop and practice leadership skills through panel discussions, workshops, and projects. After the summer institute, participants become part of NEWL’s national network of distinguished alumnae.
There is no direct cost to the students to participate in NEW Leadership®. The Susan N. Wilson NEW Leadership® New Jersey program is supported by the generous donations of corporate sponsors and individuals that cover some of the program costs. Each participating college and university is asked to pay a $500 program fee per student in order to defray expenses.
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 $500 NEW Leadership® NJ program fee. 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. A limited number of scholarships will be available to students who are unable to obtain sponsorship from their schools.
The Susan N. Wilson NEW Leadership® New Jersey program is open to all undergraduate students (with the exception of rising sophomores at four-year institutions) enrolled for the 2022-23 academic year in any New Jersey two or four-year college or university, as well as New Jersey residents enrolled in out-of-state two or four-year colleges or universities. CAWP is committed to including students from diverse socioeconomic, sexual orientations, gender identities, and ethnic and racial backgrounds in each NEW Leadership® program. We strongly encourage women of color, non-traditional college women, students who may be gender non-conforming, nonbinary, or transgender and students majoring in fields outside political science to apply.
NEW Leadership® New Jersey participants are expected to attend all summer institute sessions and live in residence at Rutgers during the entire program from June 8-13, 2023. If you are accepted, you will be required to acknowledge and agree to meet these requirements.
Accepted students are required to confirm their intention to attend, at which point the school will be billed for the $500 program fee. Rutgers University cannot offer a refund in the event that a student does not attend the program. There is no direct cost to the students to attend.
COVID Safety Protocols
We are working very hard to make this an in-person program and safe for everyone who participates. Our goal is to create a “bubble” around NEW Leadership® NJ. Therefore, all students participating in the program must be fully vaccinated and have received at least one booster shot before attending. Proof of a negative COVID test is required within 48 hours of attending. Upon acceptance, you will be contacted regarding COVID testing procedures.
Applications must be received by Monday, March 13, 2023.
Provide the name, work title, phone number, and e-mail address for two references.
At least one reference must be a college faculty or staff member. Please have your college reference provide a letter of recommendation by Monday, March 13, 2023 to email@example.com. The subject of that email should be “Letter of Rec for:(Your Name)
There is no direct cost to the students. Each participating college and university is asked to pay a $500 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 and students will receive additional materials and resources.
A limited number of scholarships are available to students who are unable to obtain sponsorship from their school but students are first required to prove they tried to receive funding from their school by contacting a representative.
Please provide the contact information for a faculty or staff member who has agreed to sponsor you or assist you in obtaining funding for the program fee:
(please complete the all the fields below if you have a sponsor or select the box that says you do not have a sponsor.)