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NEW Leadership Program Proves Transformative for Middlesex County College Students

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Four Middlesex County College students were part of a cadre of women scholars who spent a week at Rutgers University immersed in leadership development.

The program, called NEW Leadership, is held annually in June. It is run by the Center for American Women in Politics, a unit of the Eagleton Institute at Rutgers University. It seeks to empower women to develop leadership skills and consider a career in politics and public service. The four were part of a group of 40 women who spent six days learning leadership and organizational skills.

NEW Leadership Program

From left: Tyra Gravesande; Dean of Student Affairs Marla Brinson, College President Mark McCormick; Jeff Herron, Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs; Rachel Escobedo; and Charlotte Quigley, Director of Civic Engagement and Community Partnerships. Not pictured: MCC students Marimar Carrasco and Eileen Araujo.

“NEW Leadership was a great experience where I met lots of interesting women, both my peers and leaders, and women in politics,” said Rachel Escobedo. “The panels were informative, the atmosphere was warm and inviting, and my fellow college students were very friendly. It was educational and exciting.”

The group participated in workshops, visited the New Jersey State House, and acted out roles as they debated public controversies.

“Like any other skill, leadership must be cultivated and nurtured to allow it to bloom,” said Charlotte Quigley, Director of Civic Engagement and Community Partnerships at MCC. “For college women, the opportunity to be mentored by women role models in an environment designed to enrich the students’ own innate leadership style is incredibly valuable and potentially life-changing. MCC is pleased to be able to sponsor NEW Leadership participation for our outstanding students.”

Marla Brinson, dean of student affairs, said MCC has sent students to the program for five or six years.

“It is a wonderful opportunity for our women on campus,” she said. “This was a very transformational experience.”