The John C. West Forum
on Politics and Policy at Winthrop University is pleased to partner with the College of Charleston to bring the NEW Leadership Summer Institute to
South Carolina. NEW Leadership South Carolina is affiliated with the NEW Leadership Networkcreated by the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University.
The purpose of NEW
Leadership South Carolina is to educate college women about the political
process and to inspire them to consider careers in public service. In spite of
recent gains, including the election of its first female governor in 2010,
South Carolina ranks 47th in the percentage of women in the state legislature,
and women are underrepresented in on public boards and commissions and
statewide offices as well.
NEW Leadership South
Carolina is a residential program that gives college women the knowledge
and skills to become effective leaders in politics, public policy and
public service. During the four-and-a-half-day Institute,
participants will meet women leaders, learn about women in American politics,
and develop and practice leadership skills through panel discussions,
workshops, and hands-on projects. After the Summer Institute, participants are
encouraged to continue to develop public leadership skills and become involved
in community affairs.
Watch our 2013 video of the inaugural NEW Leadership South
The program is open to
undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at any South Carolina college or
university in 2015-16, and any South Carolina residents attending college out
of state. NEW Leadership South Carolina is committed to including participants
from diverse backgrounds, ideological perspectives, and fields of study. Women
of color, nontraditional-aged students, technical college students, students
with disabilities and those in fields other than Political Science are
especially encouraged to apply.
Space is limited.
Participants will be selected based on their commitment to women's leadership
and their interest in public affairs.
The program fee is $250
per person. The fee covers housing, food, on-campus parking, and all program
materials for the four days of the Institute. Students are responsible for
their own transportation to and from the Summer Institute.
A limited number of $125
scholarships are available from the John C. West Forum on Politics and Policy.
The scholarships will be awarded on the basis of need. In
addition, applicants are encouraged to approach their institutions for
The application will be available online in early Spring.
Feel free to contact Katarina Moyon, Co-Director of the West Forum or Summersby Okey-Hamrick, Administrative Assistant for the West Forum.