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The Alene Moris National Education for Women’s (NEW) Leadership program offers college students skills to participate effectively in politics and public policy and the network and training to become leaders within the public and private sectors. The goal of NEW Leadership is for women and men to work together to increase the number of women leaders and address the underrepresentation of women in policymaking.

The Alene Moris NEW Leadership Institute has been postponed until further notice. Please reach out to the NEW Leadership Coordinator at or if you have any questions.

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What is the NEW Leadership Institute?

Participants of The Alene Moris National Education for Women’s (NEW) Leadership program

An intensive six-day program, the Alene Moris NEW Leadership Institute offers training and opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to connect with prominent women leaders in Washington state to develop a strong and supportive network.

“This has been one of the most influential weeks of my life. It has fundamentally changed how I look at leadership and at myself. On the first Sunday, I had no interest in running for office. I thought I would be better behind the scenes, working campaigns and promoting issues, and should let other people who are more qualified and have more experience run for office instead. But that’s the whole problem! Someone has to run, and it might as well be me.” NEW Leadership Alum

Why is this important?

Former Representative Velma Veloria speaking to Alene Moris NEW Leadership Institute participants

Despite being more than 50 percent of the population, women continue to represent less than a quarter of the US Congress. Research shows having more women leaders is good for business, families, and for the country. Everyone is touched by policy and the more diverse the leadership pool, the greater representation of lived experiences, offering unique ideas and solutions. That’s a win-win for everyone.

“It has made me believe in my own capabilities and increased my confidence that I CAN lead. It has made me feel that I can be successful in environments that are dominated by men. Additionally, I have realized how important it is to have women at the table in decision-making and the fact that we are not, keeps us down.” NEW Leadership Alum

Addressing issues of diversity

People interacting at the The Alene Moris National Education for Women’s (NEW) Leadership program

Leadership in the 21st century will require the ability to work with diverse groups and constituencies.

Each NEW Leadership class includes students from a wide range of racial, ethnic, educational, political, and economic backgrounds. During the summer institute, students interact with people who have different ideas and life experiences. NEW Leadership provides students with a safe space where they can respectfully address issues of diversity and discuss the difficulties associated with leadership in a diverse society.

“The NEW Leadership Institute helped me learn more about myself, owning my identity and being accountable/acknowledging others who share the same space as me, continue practicing allyship with others, stepping up to change the pockets of discrimination, learn about forgotten history and educate young women to play an active role in the society.” NEW Leadership Alum