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Mississippi N.E.W. Leadership

MAY 19-23, 2014


Program Overview

The Stennis Center for Public Service and Mississippi University for Women (MUW) presented the first Mississippi N.E.W. Leadership program on May 20-24, 2013 on the MUW campus.  For an application, go to www.muw.edu/newleaderhip

National Education for Women’s Leadership (NEW Leadership) was developed in the 1990s by the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) at Rutgers University to educate and encourage the next generation of women leaders. NEW Leadership stresses political participation as a way to make a difference in a community and teaches concrete skills needed to be politically effective.  The NEW Leadership program now operates on 17 college campuses across America.

Mississippi N.E.W. Leadership brought together 33 female college students from colleges and universities throughout the state. These young women discussed the value that women bring to leadership positions in government and were encouraged to pursue leadership opportunities. Students learned about women in politics, women’s paths to power, obstacles to women’s leadership, attitudes toward women leaders, and strategies to encourage full participation and representation of women in political leadership.

The next Mississippi N.E.W. Leadership program will be May 19-23, 2014 on the MUW campus.


Goal

The goal of Mississippi N.E.W. Leadership is to educate and inspire a new generation of women to enter public life. Mississippi N.E.W. Leadership will teach students to recognize the value of civic engagement and the importance of having women in positions of political leadership. Mississippi N.E.W. Leadership will create opportunities for college women to prepare for roles in public leadership and help them develop the skills and confidence necessary to join the next generation of public leaders.

Program Details

In practice, Mississippi N.E.W. Leadership is an intensive five-day residential program during which students hear from women in a variety of roles in the public arena, learn about politics and policy making and women’s political participation, explore ideas about leadership, and participate in hands-on skills-building exercises. The program uses a variety of pedagogical techniques, including small and large group discussions, panel sessions with women leaders, interactive workshops and student-driven group projects.

Students are required to live in a residence hall at MUW, and may receive two hours of college credit in leadership for attending which can be transferred to their institution. Living together Monday through Friday builds a sense of esprit de corps among the group and encourages a collegial, and often intense, interaction among a very diverse group of students.

Mississippi N.E.W. Leadership also has residential faculty (termed Faculty in Residence, or FIRs), who are women political leaders who agree to stay in the residence halls with the students for the duration of the program. This allows for an intensive learning and mentoring experience, not only among the students, but between students and women leaders. The learning experience extends beyond the formal sessions as conversations continue over meals and back in the residence halls, where students can share ideas, challenge opinions they heard during the day, and reflect and discuss in a way that would not occur if they went their separate ways after the day’s formal program ended.

The FIRs for the 2013 program were State Senator Sally Doty, former Greenville Mayor Heather McTeer Toney, political consultant Nancy Bocskor and leadership consultant Carole Leland.

Rachael Luckett (University of Southern Mississippi) was a participant in the inaugural NEW Leadership Mississippi program in 2013 and chronicled her experiences, reactions, and memories here: http://cawp.rutgers.edu/footnotes/chronicles-of-a-leader-newl-ms


STAFF

Dr. Kate Brown

Director, Center for Creative Learning

Mississippi University for Women

1100 College Street

MUW Box 1635

Columbus, MS  39701

Phone:  (662) 329-7676

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Dr. Bridget Pieschel

Director, Center for Women's Research and Public Policy

Mississippi University for Women

1100 College Street, Orr Annex

MUW Box 269

Columbus, MS  39701

Phone:  (662) 241-6125

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Mr. Brother Rogers

Associate Director

Stennis Center for Public Service

1 Research Blvd., Suite 104

Starkville, MS  39759

Phone:  (662) 325-8409

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