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NEW Leadership® Mississippi's 2020 Summer Institute is cancelled. 

This was a difficult decision, but the coronavirus pandemic has made it impossible for us to gather in person, and an online program would provide too little of the mentoring, networking, learning, and fun at the core of the NEW Leadership experience.  We'll be back in 2021, and we will be working to connect our community to women in politics resources in the meantime.  Follow us on Facebook @NEWLeadershipMS to take advantage of activities and e-learning materials as they become available, and plan to join us next May (16-21) for the NEW Leadership® Mississippi 2021 Summer Institute!



NEW Leadership® Mississippi


NEW Leadership® is a national bi-partisan program developed by Rutgers University to address the under-representation of women in American politics. The six-day residential institute educates college women about the important role that politics plays in their lives and encourages them to become effective leaders in the political arena.

NEW Leadership® Mississippi brings together college women from across the political spectrum to discuss the roles of women in leadership and politics. The program exposes participants to new ideas and opportunities as they consider their future careers.  Participants are undergraduate women representing a wide range of socioeconomic, ethnic, racial and educational backgrounds and academic majors.  We encourage applications from non-traditional college students, women of color, and students majoring in fields outside political science.


Learning From Women Leaders

NEW Leadership® Mississippi participants meet women leaders with a wide range of backgrounds, educational experiences, and political views. During the program, students hear from women who are shaping public policy as elected officials, community leaders and issue advocates. These women serve as role models and mentors, illustrating the challenges that women leaders face as well as the opportunities they encounter to make a difference.


Developing Leadership Skills

Many NEW Leadership® Mississippi sessions are interactive workshops and hands-on exercises that encourage participants to practice their leadership skills. Students participate in workshops such as public speaking, conflict resolution, networking and advocacy training.


Addressing Issues of Diversity

Leadership in the 21st century will require the ability to work with diverse groups and constituencies.   

Each NEW Leadership® Mississippi class includes students from a wide range of racial, ethnic, educational, political and economic backgrounds. During the institute, students interact with people who have different ideas and life experiences. NEW Leadership® Mississippi provides students with a safe space where they can respectfully address issues of diversity and discuss the difficulties associated with leadership in a diverse society.

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