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NEW Leadership South Carolina 2020

May 11-15,  2020

Winthrop University Rock Hill, SC


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 Network  created 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 Carolina class! 

Who should apply?

The program is open to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at any South Carolina college or university in 2017-18, 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.

What does the program cost?

The program fee is $265 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 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 financial support.

How can I apply?

Please click here to apply online. 

Do you still have questions?

Feel free to contact Katarina Moyon,  Director of the West Forum or

Crystal Ayers, Administrative Assistant for the West Forum. 



Last Updated: 9/16/20