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NEW Leadership Nevada

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NEW Leadership Nevada

What is NEW Leadership?

National Education for Women’s (NEW) Leadership is an award-winning program to educate and empower the next generation of women leaders. The Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, developed the innovative program in 1991 and branched out to invite other universities into its Development Network.

In 2001, the Women’s Research Institute of Nevada accepted CAWP’s invitation to join the NEW Leadership Development Network and in 2003, held its first program. The Women’s Research Institute of Nevada at UNLV was the first site in the southwestern and Rocky Mountain states to host this program.

*Discover more about this program by visiting the Voices of NEW Leadership project to view our program through the lens of our supporters and graduates.

NEW Leadership Nevada features an innovative curriculum designed to:

  • Teach students about the diversity of women’s historical and contemporary participation in politics and policy making;
  • Connect students with women leaders who make a difference in the public sphere, education, gaming, business, law, politics, banking, community activism, and more;
  • Help students explore the demands of justice based, effective, and ethical leadership in a diverse society;
  • Cultivate students’ leadership skills;
  • Enable students to practice leadership through action; and
  • Build a statewide network of peers and mentors.

The centerpiece of the program is a 6-day summer institute that brings together 20 college students from across the state to learn about women’s leadership and civic participation from accomplished women leaders. Students meet formally and informally with these leaders through a series of panels, lectures, and interactive workshops and create lasting networks and mentoring relationships.

Graduates are supported throughout their future endeavors by WRIN, our growing alumnae network, and our community partners.  Furthermore, they have the opportunity to participate in  special programs throughout the year as their schedules permit.

While there is an emphasis on politics and civic engagement in the Nevada program, the emphasis on leadership has been extended to many fields of work.  Students from all academic disciplines benefit and build leadership skills that are applicable to their chosen field.  Program speakers come from a variety of backgrounds, including law, business, politics, education, community activism, non-profit organizations, banking, gaming, small business, medicine, real estate, and more.

NEW Leadership Nevada is open to all undergraduate students attending a college or university in Nevada and to Nevada residents attending schools in other states.

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Summer Session I, 2012

WRIN is excited to announce that in summer 2012 the NEW Leadership program was offered for credit during summer session I, with students having participated in the on-campus residential program from May 13-18.

Below: Summer Burke describes her experience as an instructor of History 495.

“Creating an Impactful Course: Hist 495″

Describe your most memorable experience(s) of NEW Leadership.

Summer Burke explains the creation and success of the Hist 495: “Women and Leadership” course in both spring and fall 2011.

History 495/695:001


Special Topics in Gender and History:

This course explores the diversity of approaches to women’s civic and democratic leadership as practiced by women over the twentieth-century in the United States. At the center of the course rests the question: why and how have women risen to become change makers and leaders?

In addressing that question, the class focuses on differences among leadership styles, arenas of leadership, diverse communities, and the skills needed whether pursuing social change or career advancement. While addressing the changes in women’s lives in the twentieth century, the course also introduces students to contemporary women leaders in their communities.

Students who complete this course will be able to:

• Demonstrate their knowledge of leadership models as related to women’s current and historic roles in U.S. history
• Acquire and apply leadership competencies on campus and in the community
• Demonstrate their knowledge of diversity, democratic citizenship, and civic engagement to address social challenges
• Identify, research, and interview women who are currently leading in the community.
• Practice public speaking and the presentation of one’s ideas in verbal form.
• Practice and improve writing skills in varied assignments including interview papers and papers grounded in theory and research.
• Determine a personal definition of leadership that incorporates frameworks, past experiences, personal narrative, and history.

Spring 2011

Shelley Berkley, interviewed by Linsey Scriven and Emylia Terry
Barbara Buckley, interviewed by Kristin Guthrie and Melissa Byrne
Ruby Duncan, interviewed by Dan Monroe and Sam Tofte
Carol Harter, interviewed by Cindy Bezard and Lisa Levine
Dr. Florence Jameson, interviewed by Irene Zepeda and Sue Phipps
Debra Nelson, interviewed by Patricia Menko and Laura O’Mahoney
Judge Nancy Oesterle, interviewed by Allyson Haskins and Ira Madnikoff
Karla Perez, interviewed by Priya Mathew and Janelle Witherspoon
Judge Abbi Silver, interviewed by Naomi Gregoryan and Alejandra Del Rio
Valerie Weber, interviewed by Toni Tafolla and Dawn Girard

Fall 2011

Felicia Campbell, PhD, interviewed by Amber Corral and Kirsten Hoerner
Barbara Grostick, interviewed by Andrea Lorenz and Marissa Sarandos
Liliam Hickey,interviewed by Sarah Perrenot and Dana McCarroll
Darcy Neighbors, interviewed by Monika Bertaki, Katy Chase, Natalie Shane, and Krystal Woolam
Anita Revilla, PhD, interviewed by Rebecca Learn and C.C. Cook
Doris Watson, PhD, interviewed by Monika Bertaki, Katy Chase, Natalie Shane, and Krystal Woolam

Some photos of students in HIST 495.


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A Century of Progress and Tradition

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Celebrating the Centennial of Woman Suffrage in Nevada, 1911-1914 — 2011-2014

Across the United States, communities are recognizing the centennial of state laws which gave the right to vote to women. In Nevada, as in many western states, women received this cornerstone of citizenship years before the U.S. ratified the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (1920). The state’s three-step process to change the constitution (approved twice by the biennial legislature and then approved by a statewide referendum) made the process one which lasted from 1911 through 1914.

The Women’s Research Institute of Nevada is celebrating this centennial with a three-year program of educational activities focused on the theme “A Century of Progress and Tradition.” We will be using the WRIN website to educate visitors about Nevada women’s history. WRIN will also be hosting a range of events focused on the issues women have faced and will face moving into the 21st century.

Please return to this page often as we will be updating this section of the website regularly with new “Did You Know?” facts about Nevada women, adding new primary history sources, and listing new events related to the centennial.

Milestones in Nevada Women’s History

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Our History: Profiles of Nevada Women

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The Las Vegas Women Oral History Project (LVWOHP) evolved from a collaboration to build a collection of sources on women’s lives in Las Vegas. At the time it began (circa 1994), a critical shortage of information on women’s lives existed in traditional repositories and few oral history projects collected the narratives of women. By 2009, other efforts have taken hold to include women in southern Nevada’s history.

The original project focused on recovering the experiences of women in the gaming and entertainment industries with a particular focus on the decades between 1940 and 1980. Within a few years, the project expanded to include community builders and pioneers. These are the categories used to organize the oral histories on the website. Gaming includes workers throughout the hotel-casino from management to dealers to service workers. Dancers, showgirls, and headliners who worked in the showrooms are found within entertainment. Women whose actions in business, politics, or volunteerism add an important perspective to the history of Las Vegas are included in community builders. The category of pioneers includes women who were the “firsts” in a field or who literally were early residents of the city. All effort was made to reflect the various groups within the larger community. We found narrators based on suggestions by community advisors and then used narrators’ suggestions as well as individual research interests to enlarge the pool.

The project interviewers came from faculty, students, and associates of UNLV’s History Department or the Women’s Research Institute of Nevada (see list below). Graduate students have added to the collection while simultaneously conducting research for their graduate projects. Each interviewer asked the narrator a set of core interview questions which included work as well as social and familial experiences. We added questions about their early history to get a better sense of who they were and how they became a part of the city. Each interviewer could expand the core questions to suit research interests. Overall, the interviews sought to better understand the life experiences of women at mid-century in Las Vegas.

Several community partners sustained this oral history project through the years. In addition to individual donors, the LVWOHP received funding from Nevada Humanities, Soroptimists International of Greater Las Vegas, the UNLV Foundation, and Emilie Wanderer.

The online profiles are intended to provide a glimpse into the potential of the full interview and a sense of the diversity of women’s experiences. Individuals interested in acquiring transcripts or donors interested in funding full access to the oral histories online may contact WRIN directly for information.

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The Women’s Research Institute of Nevada (WRIN)

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The Women’s Research Institute of Nevada (WRIN) at UNLV is a member of the National Council for Research on Women (NCRW), a prestigious network of more than 100 leading U.S. research and policy centers that helps ensure fully-informed debate, policies, and practices that help create more equitable opportunities for women and girls. Among the issues the NCRW and its member centers have most recently addressed include globalization, leadership training, programs that expand science and technology participation for women and girls, and teen pregnancy prevention programs.

The institute’s participation in the network will ensure that women and girls in Nevada will have a stronger voice on issues that will affect their future.

The NCRW is a clearinghouse for research on women and girls that receives input from the best researchers in the country. As a member center, the WRIN has the opportunity to bring that research back to the state and assist our faculty and students to partake in research projects of national scope as well as on scholarship that directly affects the lives of women and girls here in Nevada.

Membership in the NCRW is selective and is based on the applicant’s proven record in research and education, the parent institution’s support for the institute, and letters of support from other member centers.

WRIN at UNLV is the only member center in Nevada. Support for WRIN’s membership came from the directors of the University of Arizona, Southwest Institute for Research on Women; the University of Michigan, Center for the Education of Women; and Rutgers University, Center for American Women and Politics.

Founded in 1999, the Women’s Research Institute of Nevada fosters the social and economic development of Nevadans through the collection, preservation, and analysis of information on women in the state.

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