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.