Leadership Training Program

Creating the next generation of great female leaders in North Carolina.

The WomenNC CSW Leadership Training Program is a competitive application-based comprehensive leadership development opportunity for college and university students.  Its aim is consistent with the organization’s vision: to empower the next generation to advance gender equality in North Carolina.

About the Program

The program is comprised of several parts. First is a 5-part workshop series at which student scholars are trained to be advocates, social scientific researchers, and public speakers in addition to learning about the United Nations, particularly about the power and influence of the Commission on the Status of Women.

Then, over an 11-month period, scholars engage in research about the status of women in particular North Carolina communities. They are mentored by social scientific researchers from RTI’s Global Gender Center.  Under the direction of Dr. Wendee Wechsberg, her affiliates were paired with student scholars who shared their research interests in order to produce the work that will is showcased in myriad venues, including the NGO Forum at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), the Local to Global Forum at RTI, and the Gender and Equity Research Symposium at North Carolina State University.  Working individually with “advocacy partners,” direct service and policy professionals, scholars advocate to improve the lives of women and girls in front of local bodies of policy power and authority like county commissions, city councils, and school boards, using their research and subject matter expertise to end gender discrimination.

From the local to the global, WomenNC scholars participate in the engaged research and public policy advocacy that has been a hallmark of the organization since its inception. WomenNC’s Leadership Training Program has come full circle: North Carolina scholars work on issues of particular concern to citizens of the state and its communities, they then bring their voices, research, and policy initiatives to an international audience at the United Nations, and finally, with new knowledge gained from interaction with their global peers, they then return to the state ready to advocate for change to improve the lives of women and girls back home.

Our Recent Work with the Leadership Program

Scholars’ foci have included significant work in Durham where they have produced actionable research about the racialized gender gap, lack of appropriate computer science curricula to attract and retain women in the Durham Public School System, and the how the intersectionality of the HIV diagnoses, intimate partner violence, and lack of affordable housing combine to disadvantage women in this area.

2019
Bridget Pittman-Blackwell
NCCU
An Examination of Dress Code Policies Influencing Body Shame, Sexualization and the Learning Environment of African American Middle School Girls
2019
Isa van der Drift
UNC-CH
Barriers to Reproductive Health and Economic Empowerment in Durham, NC
2019
Jackie Lanning
NCSU
The Impact of Environmental Toxins on Maternal & Child Health in Durham, North Carolina
2019
Samia Noor
Duke
How to Reduce Violence Against Women Who Experience Intimate Partner Violence in Durham, North Carolina

WomenNC is made possible by contributions from the public.

Our work begins with understanding gender disparities, then formulating solutions to overcome them, and finally, advocating for change.  WomenNC scholars call out inequality and injustice wherever they see it. Help us create enduring equality for women and girls in North Carolina... and across the globe by donating now!
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