Gannon University Student Selected To Attend National Conference

Posted: November 20, 2015

Gannon University history and English major Madelyn Zurinsky was one of 42 students from 30 different colleges and universities across Pennsylvania selected to attend the National Education for Women's (NEW) Leadership program, a part of a national network of NEW Leadership programs developed by the Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) at Rutgers University.

The program, located at the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics (PCWP) at Chatham University is an intensive, week-long, residential leadership and public policy institute designed to educate and empower young women for future political participation and leadership. This year's program was held May 31- June 5 on the Chatham University campus in Pittsburgh.

The program cultivates the next generation of young women leaders by focusing on the role of women in politics and policy making in Pennsylvania. The institute features such topics as leadership in a diverse society, current and historical approaches to women's participation in politics, networking with Pennsylvania women leaders and the development of action skills in advocacy and leadership.

"I've always been confident in my ability to do things," said Zurinsky, a history major from Albion, Pennsylvania. "When I came back to Gannon, I had a new appreciation for how many strong women are in leadership at Gannon University, and it made me feel really inspired."

Zurinsky cited Carolyn Baugh, Ph.D., assistant professor of history, Jessie Badach Huber and Laura Goble of Gannon's Center for Social Concerns and Penelope Smith, Ph.D., director of Gannon's liberal studies program as role models.

"The women running the NEW Leadership program stressed that if you can't see it, you can't be it, so if you meet strong women, you should look to them as mentors, so that someday, you can be a mentor, too."