CU students selected for National Education for Women’s Leadership institute

Five Cameron University students were part of a select group of female undergraduates invited to participate in the National Education for Women’s (NEW) Leadership – Oklahoma, a five-day residential summer institute for undergraduate women designed to education, inspire and empower participants to consider careers in politics and public service. CU students who were honored with the invitation were:

  • Jenifer Biles, a Lawton senior majoring in Public Relations
  • Laura Johnson, a sophomore from Geronimo majoring in Psychology
  •  Megan Mefford, a senior Public Relations major from Chattanooga
  • Amanda Sims, a Lawton sophomore majoring in Marketing
  • Arminca Goodwin, a junior from Lawton majoring in Criminal Justice

Approximately 30 students are selected to participate in the program and are chosen based on factors including individual leadership potential, maturity, ability to deal with challenges, capacity to reflect on one’s personal strengths and weaknesses, special interests, unique characteristics or diverse experiences which contribute to the NEW Leadership learning goals, interest in politics, public service or public policy, and a commitment to participate fully in the NEW Leadership institute.These five students joined fourteen other Cameron University students who have attended the NEW Institute since its establishment in 2002. 

“Being accepted into the NEW Leadership Oklahoma program is a significant honor,” says Jennifer Holland, CU Dean of Student Services. “We’re extremely proud of these outstanding students who represented Cameron University at this prestigious summer institute.

NEW Leadership Oklahoma connects participants to key policy makers, community leaders and activists. The goal is to provide them with the tools they need to begin shaping the public agenda. 

"The conference was incredible," Biles said following the program. "It was a great place to learn more about yourself and your colleagues and to make some amazing contacts that will forever influence my life."

Johnson, who was asked to speak on the Senate floor, added, “This was a wonderful opportunity to meet other people and to share.” 

“I met so many amazing women with similar interests,” Mefford said.

The program seeks to increase the number of women, regardless of party affiliation, in the leadership of government and community. Originally designed to increase the leadership opportunities seized by undergraduate women, NEW Leadership Oklahoma also addresses the issues faced by women who are beyond college but have not yet taken the step into greater positions of leadership.  NEW Leadership Oklahoma is a program of the University of Oklahoma’s
Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center, a participating partner in the NEW Leadership Development Network, an initiative of the Center for American Women in Politics/Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. The award-winning National Education for Women's Leadership program educates and encourages women to participate actively in politics and public service. 



Sept 9, 2008 
PR# 08-139