Alene Moris Women’s Center

The Alene Moris NEW Leadership six-day Institute is held annually in June on the University of Washington campus.

As the COVID-19 crisis continues to affect our community, the Moris Women’s Center is doing its best to navigate through this unprecedented event. Abiding by the guidelines set by the University of Washington to minimize the spread of COVID-19, and in keeping with the community’s best interest, the Women’s Center is offering the 2021 Alene Moris NEW Leadership Institute virtually.

Nominations and applications for the 2021 NEW Leadership Institute are now closed.

Who can apply to the NEW Leadership Institute?

Alene Moris NEW Leadership is open to 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.

Students are welcome to apply directly to the program. Nominations from faculty, staff, alumni, and students are encouraged but are NOT required.

Interested in nominating a student?

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.

How much does it cost?

Participants accepted for admission are assessed a $150.00 administrative fee. Students are encouraged to seek funding through their program and/or department within their institution. A limited number of scholarships through the Women’s Center are available.

Application checklist

A completed application will include the following items. Your application will not be considered if these items are not received by the April 11, priority deadline.

  1. Application form, including your responses to the essay questions (we highly recommend you write your responses to the essay questions in another document first and then copy and paste them into online the application)
  2. One letter of recommendation, if you were not nominated
  3. Your unofficial transcript
  4. Your resume

Essay questions:

  1. What motivated you to apply to be a part of the NEW Leadership Institute? (1000 character limit)
  2. What do you see as the most crucial public policy issue affecting women today? Why is this important to you? (1000 character limit)
  3. Please list two skills you wish to improve through your participation in the Institute and describe why. (500 character limit)
  4. Briefly describe how your approach to leadership might advance NEW Leadership’s commitment to a diverse and inclusive learning community. (1000 character limit)

2021 Institute Application is CLOSED

Reference Form is OPEN

Scholarship Application is OPEN

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