Alene Moris Women’s Center

How long is the Alene Moris NEW Leadership Institute?

The program runs six days, Monday thru Saturday.

Where is the Institute located?

The 2021 NEW Leadership Institute will be held virtually.

Typically, the University of Washington Seattle campus is home to the six-day Institute with one day held off-campus. The Women’s Center works with participants who live outside the Seattle area to provide housing during the program.

Who is eligible?

Any undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in any Washington state college or university and to Washington state residents enrolled in out-of-state institutions. Students graduating in the spring and graduate students entering the following fall quarter are eligible.

The Institute seeks a diverse cohort and encourages students from a variety of backgrounds, fields of study, and interests to apply. Non-traditional students are encouraged to join. Our participant’s ages range from 19 to 50 with majors as diverse as Music, Engineering, Journalism, Neuroscience, Spanish, Business, Anthropology, and Nursing.

Where can I apply?

The application for the 2021 Institute is now closed. If you have any questions, please reach out to

How much does it cost?

The Alene Moris NEW Leadership Institute administrative fee is $150 for students accepted to the program. We strongly believe in equitable access to educational opportunities and offer a limited number of scholarships to help cover the cost. However, to be considered for a scholarship, you must first try to find funding through your program/department or through another source (job, organization, etc.). If you are applying for financial support, please complete the Scholarship Application Form.

Can I nominate someone to apply?

We are no longer accepting nominations for the 2021 NEW Leadership Institute. If you have already nominated a student, we will be reaching out to them with information on how to apply to the program.

What can participants expect to gain?

Participating in the Alene Moris National Education for Women’s Leadership Institute is a time to:

  • Learn to make a difference through civic engagement and political participation
  • Learn to address real social problems in society
  • Cultivate professional development, leadership skills, and self-confidence
  • Create a community of emergent and established leaders!

What are the expectations for students who participate in the Institute?

NEW Leadership Institute participants must agree to attend the entire six-day virtual program. This year, each day will begin around 9:00 AM and end around 3:00 PM with frequent breaks throughout the day.

Have more questions?

If you have a question about the program, application process, or need additional information, please contact or 206-685-1090.