Chatham University is a founding member of PLEN (the Public Leadership Education Network), a coalition of women’s colleges and universities that offers Washington DC-based seminars and internships. The Center coordinates the University’s PLEN activities and arranges for groups of students traveling with Chatham faculty to attend at least three conferences each year. These trips are typically attended by pre–law students (Women, Law & Public Policy Seminar), science majors (Women & Science/Technology Policy Seminar), and for those with more general policy interests the Women and Congress or Women and International Policy seminars. The time in Washington is also utilized to meet with Chatham alumnae in the area and explore possible summer internships. Participants in PLEN seminars or internships have credit-earning opportunities. The Center coordinates applications to the PLEN program. Contact the PCWP at for additional information about conference registration, credit, and financial assistance for participation.


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2014-2015 PLEN Ambassador

Eir Rovira is a PLEN Ambassador for the 2014-2015 school year. She is a senior pursuing Political Science and an International Studies certificate in Europe. When she graduates, she hopes to better the political arena for women in an international setting. Eir is an alumna of the Women's Leadership in Public Policy program and would be happy to share her experience with fellow Chatham students interested in the program. You can contact her at


What Chatham Students Say. . .

Attending PLEN's Women in Science & Technology Policy Seminar in Washington DC, allowed me to explore the diverse career paths where knowledge of public policy and a strong scientific vocabulary are critical. This conference gave me the privilege to meet with administrators from multiple DC based organizations including the National Institute of Health, the Department of Homeland Security, the Executive Office of Science and Technology Policy,and the American Psychological Association. I would recommend any student interested in science and policy from Chatham to attend this conference!

- Linah Richer, BS Biochemistry

I wouldn't give up my PLEN experience for the world. For two days, I was surrounded by strong, confident, intelligent women who not only inspired me to continue pursuing my career path, but who were also completely willing to share their knowledge and experiences.

- Kitoko Chargois, BA Professional Communication