Why Apply?

Every day,  important decisions get made that have an impact on your life and future. Those decisions don’t just get made in the halls of government.

They get made in your local community center,  on your campus,  in your neighborhood,  within organizations to which you belong,  and in any environment where people are working together to make things happen.

Participating in civic and political activities means being a part of the decision-making process and making your voice heard.

At the Alene Moris National Education for Women’s Leadership Institute,  you’ll get a chance to meet all kinds of women leaders who are making a difference. The Leadership Institute will help you build the skills to join them.

What can participants expect to gain?

Participating in the Alene Moris National Education for Women’s Leadership Institute is a time to:

  • Further your professional development
  • Enhance existing skills and develop new ones
  • Join a network of emergent and established leaders
  • Work and have fun with real-world women leaders and students from across Puget Sound

“I cannot begin to tell you how great an impact participating in the NEW Leadership program has had on me. I honestly feel that I can be a leader. I feel so empowered.” –Lisa B.

Who is eligible?

Any undergraduate or graduate who attends a two-year college or a four-year university in Washington State (or has a permanent address here) and is enrolled for the 2012-2013 academic school year is eligible to apply.

You don’t need to be a political science major or be involved in formal political roles to be considered. In fact,  we’re looking for students with all kinds of interests and backgrounds:  we’ve had students with majors as diverse as Music,  Engineering,  Journalism,  Neuroscience,  Spanish,  Business,  Anthropology and more.

How much does it cost?

The only cost to students who are accepted for admission is a $150.00 non-refundable registration fee. For students who have concerns about being able to meet this cost,  first apply using the on-line application below,  and then email the Alene Moris National Education for Women’s Leadership Institute (newlead@uw.edu) for information about scholarship support.

What are the expectations for students who participate in the Institute?


The Alene Moris National Education for Women’s Leadership Institute participants are expected to attend all scheduled events and meals during the program. Our typical day of scheduled events begins at 8:00 am and end at 7:00 pm. Students are expected to remain on site at the UW Women’s Center for the duration of each day’s activities. Students with responsibilities for pets,  children and households are advised to arrange for assistance during the Institute so that they can devote full attention to the Institute experience. Participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the Institute. Parking is free and bus service is available.

Application period

Announcements will be made soon for the 2014 Institute.

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