UMass Women into Leadership (UWiL) is a competitive leadership training and professional development program that seeks to prepare more women from the state’s flagship, public university for public leadership after graduation. By introducing these women to public leaders and providing opportunities for them to see first-hand the benefits of public service, UWiL provides models and pathways into leadership for young women – all while helping to address the gender gap in politics and creating a pipeline from public education into public service.
Designed to provide hands-on training and practical preparation for a career in public leadership, UWiL is organized around four central components:
- Leadership training through workshops and professional development activities,
- Shared community through assigned mentors and networking opportunities,
- Academic instruction through a 1 credit spring semester Political Science course, and
- Applied experience through internships and job shadowing, including scholarship support for unpaid or low-paying positions.