Senator Sally Doty addresses a crowd with 2015 Mississippi NEW Leadership participants.
Photo credit: Mississippi Public Broadcast

The Stennis Center for Public Service is a proud co-producer, in partnership with Mississippi University for Women, of the Mississippi NEW Leadership program. 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, including Mississippi University for Women. 

The program brings together female college students from public and private universities, as well as community colleges in the state. These young women examine the value that women bring to leadership positions in government and are encouraged to pursue leadership opportunities in government. Participants learn about women in politics, women’s pathways 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 2017 Mississippi NEW Leadership program will take place May 22 – 26, 2017 on the campus of Mississippi University for Women, and applications are now being accepted for consideration. The admissions process is competitive, and there is no fee to participate. The deadline to apply for consideration is March 31, 2017, and the application can be found here.

Interested applicants can learn more about Mississippi NEW Leadership here and more about CAWP’s pilot NEW Leadership program here.