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Leadership Scholars Program


Read this year's Reflections on Leadership Learning by
Leadership Scholar Grad Leadership Scholar Grad Leadership Scholar Grad
Cilgy Abraham
IWL Leadership
Scholar, 2016
Gabriella Shypula
IWL Leadership
Scholar, 2016
Radhika Srivastava
IWL Leadership
Scholar, 2016

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Director: Dr. Mary K. Trigg
Associate Professor,
Department of Women’s and Gender Studies
Director of Leadership Programs and Research, IWL
Bio & Contact Info

Associate Director: Sasha Taner, M.S.
Associate Director of
Leadership Programs and Research, IWL
Bio & Contact Info
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Program Overview
Two-year selective, interdisciplinary certificate program that prepares Rutgers undergraduate women to be informed, innovative, and socially responsible leaders

Program Description
IWL Leadership Scholars explore women's leadership and contributions to social change in contexts that range from the New Jersey Legislature to domestic violence shelters; from medical research labs to human rights organizations; from corporate boardrooms to the urban classroom; and from family dining tables to legal clinics. The program engages diverse models of leadership in classroom and experiential settings. IWL Leadership Scholars examine how different institutions inform our understanding and practice of leadership and how they encourage — or inhibit — civic innovation.

Program Goals
  • Give students the opportunity to deepen their understanding of leadership and women's contributions to social change.
  • Enhance students' leadership abilities through a concentrated academic sequence and extracurricular offerings.
  • Provide opportunities for students to learn issues and problems specific to their disciplinary fields and to develop and implement social action projects.
  • Build bridges between the university and the community by connecting students with community activists and women leaders.
  • Provide career-building internships in corporations , nonprofits, and facilities that benefit both the student and the host organization.

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