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2014 NEW Leadership

2014 NEW Leadership

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Maine NEW Leadership logoMaine NEW Leadership is a six-day, non-partisan, residential, public leadership training program, provided at no cost to undergraduate college women from a variety of public and private, four- and two-year institutions throughout Maine. To be eligible, undergraduates must either be from Maine or attending college in Maine. Graduating college seniors are eligible to apply. The 2015 session will be held from May 28-June 2, 2015 at the University of Maine. Applications will be available in January 2015. Information on course credit is provided below. Maine NEW Leadership VideoThis video shares the basic components of the Maine new leadership program and highlights the perspective of several graduates. Alumnae reveal that the experience was life-changing, drastically increasing their confidence, leadership skills, and initiative. All have become civic leaders in some way since their attendance at Maine new leadership. Please consider a donation to this important program, which is improving the lives of all Mainers through the ripple effect of our graduates civic leadership.

By participating in the program, a diverse group of college women from Maine gain a greater awareness of their leadership potential, skills, and opportunities in civic life and public office. NEW Leadership ensures that new generations of Maine leaders understand the importance of running for office, taking part in campaigns, and engaging in public policy development. With the skills they have learned and the networks they have developed, participants are empowered and energized to emerge as political leaders. As one graduate of the Maine NEW Leadership program stated, “I left feeling inspired and having a new-found sense of enthusiasm for continuing to be a proactive member in Maine’s wonderful communities.  I feel confident that I can make a difference.” 
NEW LeadershipTM addresses the historic as well as contemporary under-representation of women in American politics. Maine NEW Leadership provides women college students in Maine with the opportunity to learn about women’s voices, perspectives, and contributions in all political arenas, through the application of a broad, inclusive definition of politics and the engagement of speakers from a variety of political offices and organizations.  Maine NEW Leadership continues the tradition of strong female political leadership while empowering a new generation of women capable of leading Maine politics.

Course Credit:

WST 498 Directed Study in Women’s Studies. Students may earn academic credit through the University of Maine for participation in Maine NEW Leadership; additional research and writing will be required. Contact Professor Amy Fried, Department of Political Science, 5754 North Stevens Hall, Orono, ME 04469, 207.581.797, POS 498 Independent Study in Political Science.Students participating in Maine NEW Leadership can earn course credit through the Department of Political Science at the University of Maine. Students will need to conduct additional research and writing. Contact Professor Rob Glover, Department of Political Science, 5754 North Stevens Hall, Orono, ME 04469, 207.581.1880, WST 399 – Topics in Women & Gender Studies. 0001-LEC (2613) Students may earn academic credit through the University of Southern Maine for participation in Maine NEW Leadership. Contact Professor Lucinda Cole, Director of Women and Gender Studies, University of Southern Maine, 94 Bedford Street, Portland, ME 04104, 207.780.4093,

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Hon. Mary Cathcart, Director,

Eva McLaughlin, Program Coordinator,, 207.581.1646



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