The Women's Leadership Initiative helps students to:
- Develop and communicate vision, purpose, and values
- Use imagination and creativity in solving problems
- Gain awareness of global and cultural issues
- Recognize, celebrate, and build diversity and common purpose
- Prepare for leadership in the workforce
A student is eligible for participation in the Women’s Leadership Initiative if she is:
- Enrolled in one of the majors in the College of Health and Human Development or the College of Nursing
- A full-time undergraduate student enrolled at University Park during the 2014-15 academic year
- An upper division student (60-90 credit hours) at the beginning of fall semester, 2014
- Graduating no sooner than fall semester, 2015
“I am so lucky to be a part of Women’s Leadership Initiative. Words cannot explain how much I have learned and grown from this group. I have found that the experience improved my self-confidence and gave me insights into the professional world I’m about to enter. I have made friends with my WLI colleagues that are everlasting. Being part of WLI is an honor and privilege. It is definitely a program I would suggest for any female with aspirations to succeed.”
Lauren Leonhardt (WLI ‘05-06)
The ideal applicant for WLI will:
- Be open to change
- Be willing to engage in deep reflection - learning about herself and others
- Be committed to learning about leadership, developing leadership skills, and practicing those skills
If selected, students are expected to engage in a interdisciplinary program including:
- Two weekend workshops each semester (fall and spring)
- Monthly seminars
- Observations of and discussions about leadership in action
- Mentorships with HHD alums, externships, and selected readings
- Orientation the weekend before fall classes begin
- Development of leadership philosophies and individualized plans
The application deadline for the 2014-2015 academic year is February 13, 2014. The application form and requirements will be posted here by mid-December 2013.
- The Women’s Leadership Initiative is limited to 30 registered students.
- Students earn 4 credit hours (2 in fall, 2 in spring) in a 400-level course for full participation.
- Talk to your academic adviser now to explore ways this unique learning opportunity might fit in to your academic and professional portfolio.