Chatham News

The Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics at Chatham University to host women’s leadership institute

PITTSBURGH (May 31, 2012) … The Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics (PCWP) at Chatham University will host the National Education for Women’s (NEW) Leadership™ Pennsylvania program, a weeklong intensive institute for women college students from colleges and universities throughout Pennsylvania.

This year’s program, which will be held Monday, June 4 through Saturday, June 9, will feature practitioner-in-residence former Congresswoman Marjorie Margolies Mezvinsky, president of Women’s Campaign International (WCI), a group that provides advocacy training for women throughout the world. NEW Leadership 2012 will host 30 women from 16 colleges and universities across Pennsylvania.

The NEW Leadership Program is cultivating the next generation of young women leaders by focusing on the role of women in politics and policy making in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  Modeled after a program established by the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University, the institute features such topics as leadership in a diverse society, current and historical approaches to women’s participation in politics, networking with Pennsylvania women leaders, and action skills in advocacy and leadership.

About the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics at Chatham
The Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics (PCWP) at Chatham University is a non–partisan center devoted to fostering women’s public leadership through education, empowerment, and action. The first to focus on women’s political involvement in Pennsylvania, the PCWP integrates disciplinary knowledge, civic education, and coalition building while examining the intersection of women and public policy. The Center conducts candidate and advocacy trainings, offers educational programs in applied politics, and provides timely analysis on women’s issues. The Center is also home to the University’s membership in Project Pericles – a select group of liberal arts colleges and universities that have made institutional commitments to promoting participatory citizenship and social responsibility.

The Pennsylvania Center for Women, Politics, and Public Policy was established in 1998 through the generosity of the Hillman Foundation, Inc. and the Maurice Falk Medical Foundation. It was then reconceived and endowed in 2003, by the Hillman Foundation.