The PCWP works across disciplines and campus offices to provide leadership, civic engagement, policy-related programs, and special events for students at Chatham in addition to outreach across the Commonwealth. The Center is home to the University's national membership in Project Pericles; the coordinator of student participation in Washington DC-based programs, such as PLEN; and a campus resource for students, faculty, and staff interested in women's public participation and civic engagement. The Center also hosts a variety of speakers, workshops, and special topics courses to fit the interests of our students. The PCWP also annually hosts NEW Leadership™ Pennsylvania.
Below are some of the Center's key programs - click on them to learn more!
The National Education for Women's (NEW) NEW Leadership™ Pennsylvania is a part of a national network of NEW Leadership programs developed by the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) at Rutgers University. It is an intensive, week-long, residential leadership and public policy institute designed to educate and empower young women for future political participation and leadership. The program addresses the under-representation of women in the political arena by focusing on the role of women in politics and policy making in the Commonwealth.
Chatham University is a founding member of the Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN), a coalition of women's colleges and universities that offer Washington DC-based seminars and internships. The PCWP coordinates the University's PLEN activities and conferences. Throughout the year, PLEN hosts 5 seminars of varying topics for students to attend. These include: the Women & the Law Seminar, Women & Public Policy Seminar, Women & Science/Technology Policy Seminar, Women and Congress Seminar, and Women and International Policy seminar. The Center coordinates applications to the PLEN programs; contact us for additional information about conference registration, credit, and financial assistance for participation.
The Center is 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. Each semester the Center creates a calendar of events titled the Periclean Series.