Women’s Civic Institute

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The Women’s Civic Institute is a program designed by the Center for Service-Learning and Volunteerism. The program aims to help students become aware of the many dimensions of civic engagement and prepare them for leadership in public service. It is open to undergraduate and graduate students.  Students apply for the program in the fall and are selected based on their application and interview with the Selection Committee. The seminars, workshops, and events are held in the spring. Students have the opportunity to hear from and network with current women leaders whose knowledge and experience serve as an inspiration to make a positive difference.  

In their Own Words: Reflections from WCI participants…

Lauren Gallagher, Sophomore, Political Science

The programs I have experienced are wonderful. Each time I attend an event, I walk away with the knowledge that will help me in the future.  WCI has increased my understanding of civic engagement because I have a more unobstructed view of how important it is to be an aware citizen.  This program has made me more aware of community issues.   To make the best of citizenship in a democracy, it is imperative to be informed and make our voices heard.   

Makayla Bonney, Graduate, Geography & Environmental Sustainability

The programming for Women's Civic Institute has been great. We have had the opportunity to meet non-profit female leaders and elected officials. I have a better understanding of democracy and civic engagement as a result of this experience and a better sense of the trajectory of leadership. Many of the women we met did not start out by pursuing leadership roles but took advantage of the opportunities presented to them. My experience with WCI has been a continual exercise in envisioning what I am capable of and seeing that capability reflected in the lives of women around me. 

Siedah McNeil, Senior, Social Work

The programs developed by the admirable women behind the Women's Civic Institute have been very inspiring. We heard from sensational women who are leaders in their field share their stories. I have learned the value in making connections with other engaged citizens and now understand that civic engagement is not just a duty but can serve as a motivation to be the part of the change we wish to see in the world.  I have a clear understanding that democracy is not a spectator sport, but it requires active civic participation to function.