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Carla Stephens
WLI is a place of new beginnings, not only professionally but personally. It has taught me how to be self-assured, a team player, have integrity, lead by example, and be passionate in what I love. It truly is not only a stepping stone but also provides every student an opportunity to evolve into the true leader they were destined to become.
Carla Stephens WLI 2017-18

A student is eligible for participation in the Women’s Leadership Initiative if she:

  • Is enrolled in one of the majors in the College of Health and Human Development or the College of Nursing
  • Will be a full-time undergraduate student enrolled at University Park during the 2020-21 academic year
  • Has a cumulative grade-point average of 2.75 or higher
  • Will be an upper division student (60-90 credit hours) at the beginning of fall semester 2020
  • Is graduating no sooner than fall semester 2021

The ideal applicant for WLI will:

  • Be open to change
  • Be willing to engage in deep reflection - learning about herself and others
  • Be committed to learning about leadership, developing leadership skills, and practicing those skills

The Experience

Application 2020-21

  • The application for participation in WLI during the 2020-21 academic year is now closed. 
  • Applications are due in February 2021. 

Application checklist

  • Completed application form - includes essay questions and résumé submission
  • One recommendation form, completed by faculty member or academic adviser (sent directly to WLI)
  • Second letter of recommendation (optional)

Additional Information

  • The Women’s Leadership Initiative is limited to 30 registered students.
  • Students earn 4 credit hours (2 in fall, 2 in spring) in a 400-level course for full participation.
  • Talk to your academic adviser now to explore ways this unique learning opportunity might fit in to your academic and professional portfolio.