Susan N. Wilson NEW Leadership® New Jersey 2021 Summer Institute Application
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 five-day virtual summer institute educates college women about the important role that politics plays in their lives, introduces them to successful women leaders, and provides them with the tools to become more involved in the political process. This year, the NEWL NJ program will be national and will include representatives, speakers, and students from NEW Leadership® programs in over 15 states.
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 five day program, gives undergraduate students the tools to become effective leaders in the political arena regardless of their academic interests or career path. During the summer institute, students will meet women leaders from across the country, 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.
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 and attend 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, NEWL 2021 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.
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 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 $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. 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 2020-2021 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.
Students from other states in the NEW Leadership® National Network are encouraged to apply with their state’s program. A list of NEW Leadership® National Network partner programs in each state and their contact information can be found here.
NEW Leadership® participants are expected to attend all summer institute sessions during the entire summer institute from June 9 - 10, 2021 and June 14th – 16th, 2021 as well as the follow-up one-day program in the fall of 2021. 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 their home institution will be billed for the $100 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.
Applications must be received by Monday, May 3rd, 2021.