April 18, 2011
Morningside College student Kristin Shaw recently was selected through a competitive application process to participate in the Iowa N.E.W. Leadership program May 23-27 at the University of Iowa in Iowa City.
The Iowa National Education for Women’s Leadership is an intensive five-day residential institute designed to develop young women's public leadership skills, support their engagement in civic life, and help them build relationships with women involved in public leadership on the local, state and national levels. The goal is to increase representation of women at all levels of public leadership.
Developed by the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University in 1991, this nonpartisan program is conducted at about 20 universities nationwide. The University of Iowa joined the program in 2007 and will be holding its fourth summer institute in May.
Program participants were selected based on their leadership, intellect, maturity, ability to confront adversity, and capacity to observe and reflect on their own strengths and challenges; the diversity and depth of their personal, academic and work experiences; and an articulated commitment to political engagement, community advocacy or public policy.
Shaw is a 2009 graduate of Creston High School in Creston, Iowa. At Morningside, she is majoring in political science and biology and minoring in women’s studies and religion.