19 SBS Students Named UWiL Fellows

Umass Women into leadership (UWIL) fellows2016-17 UMass Women into Leadership (UWiL) Fellows
Monday, November 6, 2017

Every year, women from the UMass College of Social & Behavioral Sciences have been very well represented among students in the program, with 13 out of 20 student fellows in 2016 and 20 out of 26 in 2015. This year, an impressive 19 out of 25 are SBS majors! Congratulations to all of this year's fellows:

  • Nahla Ahsan '19, Political Science & Economics
  • Sara Andresen '18*, Political Science
  • Anna-Nicole Bosco '20*, Microbiology & Political Science
  • Stephanie Brolin '20*, Political Science
  • Jeanai Celestin '18*, Economics
  • Michelle Chung '18, Sustainable Community Development
  • Abigail DesRoches '19*, Political Science
  • Kelsey DeWolfe '19*, Political Science & Economics
  • Hannah Dudley-Youngs '19, Public Health Sciences
  • Shannon Emmett '19*, Political Science & History
  • Sonia Guglani '19, Finance & Economics
  • Nicole Imhof '20*, Finance & Sport Management
  • Deepti Kamma '19*, Biology & Environmental Science
  • Kathleen Kilroe '19, Biology & Pre-Medical
  • Brittni Larcom '20, Political Science & Psychology
  • Catalina Lugo '18, Public Health Sciences
  • Jovanna Mason '18*, Economics & Legal Studies
  • Eliana Matos '19*,Environmental Science
  • Danyella Mulunda '21, Political Science & Legal Studies
  • Ashley Olafsen '19, BDIC & Political Science
  • Moksha Padmaraju ’21, Political Science & Economics
  • Faizia Sharif '20, Journalism & Middle Eastern Studies
  • Jessica Sizer '19, Political Science
  • Lily Tang '21, Political Science
  • Lily Wallace '18, BDIC & Political Science

This spring, the UMass Women into Leadership (UWiL) program will continue in it’s mission to break the gender gap in public service. UWiL offers women at UMass an opportunity to participate in a 1-credit course, offering invaluable professional development and networking opportunities.

Designed to provide hands-on leadership training and professional preparation for a career in public leadership, UWiL introduces students to research and scholarship about the gender gap in public service, provides opportunities for students to attend professional development workshops, and pairs participants with mentors to explore public leadership careers.

UWiL students are expected to attend a weekend-long workshop March 3-4, 2017. Graduates of UWiL will have access to scholarships to support unpaid internships in public agencies and organizations.

Last year, UWiL fellows visited the State House to learn more about public service and leadership in the Commonwealth. A number of Senators and Representatives met with them, including Stanley Rosenberg, Ellen Story, James Eldridge, and more. Students also had opportunities to meet with Lauren Scribi, executive director of the MA Caucus of Women Legislators, and Sibusisiwe Malaba, executive director of the Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus.

“Receiving advice and encouragement from legislators and women involved in public service was truly inspirational,” says Stephanie Chan, Political Science major and 2016 fellow. “This experience has given me a renewed respect for the work of those involved in government and a new perspective on how to pursue a career in public service.”

“As a public university, UMass has a responsibility to encourage students to pursue public leadership,” says Michelle Goncalves, UWiL executive director. “UWiL provides undergraduate women unique opportunities to explore and prepare for public careers – especially for leadership positions where a gender gap currently exists. The State House visit allowed students to envision a career path that they otherwise may not have thought possible.”

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