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Carla Stephens

WLI is a place of new beginnings, not only professionally but personally. It has taught me how to be self-assured, a team player, have integrity, lead by example, and be passionate in what I love. It truly is not only a stepping stone but also provides every student an opportunity to evolve into the true leader they were destined to become.

Carla Stephens WLI 2017-18

Students are eligible for participation in the Women’s Leadership Initiative if they:

  • Are enrolled in one of the majors in the College of Health and Human Development (HHD) or have HHD status
  • Will be a full-time undergraduate student enrolled at University Park
  • Have a cumulative grade-point average of 2.75 or higher
  • Will be an upper division student (60-90 credit hours) at the beginning of the fall semester 
  • Will be in attendance at University park for at least 3 semesters following admission to the WLI program

The ideal applicant for WLI will:

  • Be open to change
  • Be willing to engage in deep reflection - learning about themself and others
  • Be committed to learning about leadership, developing leadership skills, and practicing those skills

The Experience

Application 2022-23

Thank you for your interest in the Women's Leadership Initiative. Applications for the 2022-23 academic year will be available soon. 

Application checklist

  • Completed application form - includes essay questions and résumé submission
  • One recommendation form, completed by faculty member or academic adviser (sent directly to WLI)
  • Second letter of recommendation (optional)