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Undergrad Leadership Focus of Center for Women in Government Partnership

June 8, 2009

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The Center for Women in Government and Civil Society trains leadership fellows.

The Center for Women in Government and Civil Society trains fellows for public policy leadership.

A pilot program beginning in June 2010 will bring together between 25 and 40 undergraduate women enrolled at colleges and universities around the state for a week-long residency on leadership. NEW Leadership New York was developed as part of a new partnership between the University at Albany's Center for Women in Government and Civil Society and the National Education for Women's Leadership Development Network (NLDN). The leadership network is run by the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) at Rutgers University.

Each year CAWP selects schools to join the network and helps them plan and initiate regional leadership programs on their home campuses. Preparing the next generation of women leaders and creating opportunities for women to engage in public life is central to the mission of CAWP.

"The launching of the NEW Leadership New York statewide program will enable talented undergraduate women to strengthen their policy-related skills and reach their full leadership potential," said Center for Women in Government and Civil Society Executive Director Judith R. Saidel.

The UAlbany Center has long been known for training women graduate students through its Fellowship on Women and Public Policy. More than 260 alumnae have been trained through the program.

"The new program," added Saidel, "expands the Center's three decades of women's leadership development work to undergraduate students. Our membership in the National Leadership Development Network means that we will use a tested curriculum and a proven effective model for women's leadership development."

Selected undergraduate women will hear from women who occupy various roles in public life, and will learn firsthand about the impact of women's political participation on politics and policy making.

Founded in 1978, the Center for Women in Government and Civil Society is part of the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at UAlbany.

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