CLAS Women’s Leadership Collective

Supporting future leaders. Leveraging the power of women.

Women face unique challenges as they enter the workforce and advance in leadership positions. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is leveraging the power of women with the CLAS Women’s Leadership Collective.

Selected CLAS student leaders engage with alums on:

  • Talks on key issues that affect women in the workplace and society.
  • Group Mentorship Circles that meet throughout the year, connecting groups of alums and students with similar career interests.
  • An end-of-year celebration.

This program provides undergraduate students with a unique leadership learning experience coupled with group mentorship from UConn alums. The program offers students who have little leadership experience an opportunity to find their unique leadership style and make connections with mentors that can last a lifetime.

Eligibility and Nominations

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

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

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

  • Second- or third-year student at the time of their application.
  • 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 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 email Jessica Alexander, associate director of alumni relations for CLAS.

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 the Women’s Leadership Collective inclusive of transgender and nonbinary students?

The Women’s Leadership Collective welcomes students of all historically marginalized genders, including trans, nonbinary, and gender-nonconforming students who are comfortable in a space that centers the experiences of women.

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 an orientation and goal setting workshop
  • Attending the kick-off to the mentorship program with you peers and mentors
  • 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 in mid-April. Interviews will be scheduled via video conference.