Social Work Student Accepted into the N.E.W. Leadership Institute

April 24, 2019

Morgan Lopez

Northwestern Oklahoma State University social work senior Morgan Lopez of Goltry has been accepted into the National Education for Women’s (N.E.W.) Leadership Institute. She is a student at Northwestern-Enid.

Each year, about 35 students are selected for the institute through a competitive application process. Lopez was chosen based on numerous factors including, but not limited to: individual leadership potential, maturity, ability to deal with challenges, capacity to reflect on one’s own personal strengths and weaknesses, special interests, unique characteristics or diverse experiences that contribute to the N.E.W. Leadership learning goals, interest in politics, public service or public policy, and a commitment to participate fully in the N.E.W. Leadership institute.

N.E.W. Leadership is an intense, five-day program that takes place each year on the University of Oklahoma’s Norman campus and is designed specifically for undergraduate women from colleges and universities across the state of Oklahoma. Participants reside at the Alpha Phi House, and the entire experience, including housing and meals, is offered at no cost to students. This year the event will be May 17-21.

 “Morgan is an exceptional student who is focused on public service and policy development that advances societal well-being,” Dr. Kylene Rehder, social work department chair, said.  “The department is excited for her opportunity to learn from some of the state’s most prominent women.”

The award-winning program educates and empowers undergraduate women to participate actively in politics and public service. The program connects students to policy makers and community activists to engage them in shaping the public agenda. Launched in 2002, the program is part of the N.E.W. Leadership National Network at the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University.

The program includes hands-on projects, skill-building workshops, keynote speakers and panels featuring prominent female officeholders, public administrators, community advocates and business leaders. N.E.W. Leadership includes networking opportunities with women leaders and culminates in a day spent with elected officials at the Oklahoma State Capitol.

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