UM Undergraduates Invited to Summer Leadership Institute

February 23, 2018

Montana New Leadership Participants from 2017MISSOULA – The Montana NEW Leadership program is now accepting applications for summer 2018.

The nonpartisan program, hosted by the University of Montana’s Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center, is designed to educate college women about politics and encourage them to become effective leaders.

The program is open to women undergraduate students from Montana or attending school in Montana who will be a sophomore, junior, or senior in fall 2018. The application deadline is Friday, March 9.

The Montana NEW Leadership program is part of the national bipartisan NEW Leadership program developed by Rutgers University’s Center for American Women and Politics. The program features a six-day residential program that will take place June 3-7 at UM.

During the summer institute, students will meet women leaders, learn about women in American politics and develop and practice leadership skills through panel discussions, workshops and hands-on projects. After the summer institute, participants are encouraged to continue to develop their leadership skills. 

 “Walking into the first day of the Montana NEW Leadership program was akin to stepping into the most thought-provoking, introspective and inspirational classroom the Montana University System has to offer,” said Dani Daly from Montana State University, a participant in the inaugural Montana NEW Leadership institute. “A week of discussion and debate between individuals from all backgrounds and with varying interests reaffirmed my confidence in the goodness of my peers and in the abilities that I bring to the table.”

More information and applications are available online at Email UM Professor Sara Rinfret at with questions.

UM’s Mansfield Center promotes better understanding of Asia, U.S. relations with Asia and ethics in public affairs in the spirit of Sen. Mike Mansfield (1903-2001) and his wife and life partner, Maureen Hayes Mansfield.


Contact: Dr. Sara Rinfret, academic director, Montana NEW Leadership, 406-243-4702,