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NEW Leadership NV

National Education for Women's Leadership is an award-winning program to educate anyone who aspires to be a woman leader.

About NEW Leadership

NEW Leadership™ is an award-winning national nonpartisan program to educate college women about politics and leadership and encourage them to become effective leaders in the political arena. The Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, developed the innovative program in 1991 and branched out to invite other universities into its NEW Leadership Development Network.

In 2001, the Women’s Research Institute of Nevada accepted CAWP’s invitation to join the development network and in 2003, held its first program. The Women’s Research Institute of Nevada at UNLV was the first site in the southwestern and Rocky Mountain states to host this program. As an official NEW Leadership™ Network Partner, we provide intensive training featuring an innovative curriculum.

About the Summer Institute

The centerpiece of the N.E.W. Leadership program is a 6-day summer institute that brings together 25 college students from across the state to learn about civic participation from accomplished women leaders. Students meet formally and informally with leaders, mentors, and different career professionals through a series of panels, lectures, and interactive workshops and create lasting networks and mentoring relationships.

Application Information

Online applications open in October 2019. Applications must be received by the end of February 2020 to be considered for our Summer Institute. Students will be notified of their acceptance in mid-March. Early application is recommended. To get an email when the application process opens, email newl@unlv.edu and request to be added to the NEW Leadership Updates list.

NEW Leadership NV conference will be held for one week at the beginning of June on the UNLV campus. Conference hours during that week start from 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. each day.


Thanks to the generosity of our community partners, WRIN covers the costs of your meals, housing, and program materials. All NEW Leadership Nevada students are required to stay at the UNLV dorms for the duration of the program. We recognize that this program conflicts with some summer classes and family responsibilities; however, you must be able to commit to attending all of the sessions during the week. Because each day includes a full day of sessions, you will not be able to attend summer classes or work during this conference week.


Any college student enrolled in a Nevada college or university is eligible to apply, including students who will have graduated at the end of the 2018 fall semester or in spring 2019. Nevada residents attending a school outside Nevada are also eligible to apply. You do not need to be a political science major or be involved in student government to be considered. We encourage students with a variety of interests and backgrounds to apply because we believe that everyone who attends benefits in some way; academic and cultural diversity makes NEW Leadership Nevada an even more enriching and impactful program.

National Education for Women's (NEW) Leadership NV Involvement Opportunities

Faculty in Residence (FIR)

Faculty In Residence work side-by-side with staff, students, and is paid for the entire duration of NEW Leadership Nevada Program, happening for one full week in June. FIRs must reside in their assigned campus dorms for the program's duration and assist each day by coordinating structured and unstructured programming. NEW Leadership Nevada 2019 is scheduled for June 3-8, 2019.

If you would like to apply, applications are due January 31, 2019. Applications to open for FIRS on December 7, 2018. Notifications of acceptance will be made known in February.

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From Left to Right: Dr. Vanessa Mari, Dr. Jessica Saunders, Jean Munson, Moee Turbin, Regina Mitchell, Dr. Rachel Bower, Aeriel Halstead, and Valerie Velasco


Jean Munson

Program Manager

Call: 702-895-2902 or 702-895-4931

Email: newl@unlv.edu