CLAS Women’s Leadership Collective

Supporting future leaders. Leveraging the power of women.

Women are flourishing in higher education; however, they face unique challenges as they enter the workforce and seek to advance in leadership positions. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) is leveraging the power of women by launching the CLAS Women’s Leadership Collective. The program will provide undergraduate students with a unique leadership learning experience coupled with group mentorship from UConn alumnae.

The selected student leaders will be engaged in a full-day learning experience in fall 2020, featuring alumni speakers on key issues that affect women in the workplace and society. This experience will be coupled with group mentorship in Mentorship Circles, which connect groups of alumni and students with similar career interests. Mentorship Circles will convene periodically throughout the academic year, including at a year-end celebration.

Eligibility and Nominations

The ideal student participant is an undergraduate who is interested in pursuing personal and professional growth through peer and alumni interactions.

The College encourages students of varying leadership experiences to apply. Please note that this program can be an applicant’s entree into leadership, so a resume full of positions in student organizations is not a pre-requisite.

Eligible candidates for the Women's Leadership Collective must meet the following criteria:

  • Currently pursuing a bachelor's degree from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Enrolled as a full-time student in good standing
  • Demonstrate a commitment to personal growth, supporting peers, and empowering other women to succeed

Students must submit an application and receive one nomination from a UConn faculty or staff member.

For questions or for more information, please contact Elyssa Kelly, Director of Alumni Relations for CLAS.

The 2020-2021 application period is now closed.


Frequently Asked Questions

Is a nomination required to be considered for this program?

Yes, both a nomination and student application are required for formal consideration of each student.

What if my nominator cannot complete the nomination by the deadline?

Students interested in applying for this program should be clear with their selected nominator of the application timeline. Students do not need to wait for their nominator to complete their portion of the application.

Is this experience open to CLAS students at the regional campuses?

Yes. Applicants from all UConn campuses will be considered. However, there must be a commitment to attend relevant programing based in Storrs.

What are the program commitments?

Participants must commit to the following:

  • Maintaining full-time enrollment and good academic standing at UConn
  • Participating in the full-day leadership experience hosted at the Storrs Campus on Friday, September 25, 2020 (Note: if restrictions on the size of social gatherings are still in place, a completely remote event will occur)
  • Attending and thoughtfully participating in required mentorship gatherings, which will be scheduled throughout the year
  • Actively engaging with mentors and peers in Mentorship Circles
  • Maintaining timely communication with CLAS staff, peers, and mentors

My application is complete and submitted. What are the next steps?

Top candidates will be selected for a 30-minute interview the week of May 11. Interviews will be scheduled via video conference.