Institute, Training, & Courses

The Women in Public Service Institute at Mount Holyoke, Simmons, and Smith Colleges focused on “Reconstructing Societies in the Wake of Conflict: Transitional Justice and Economic Development.” Institute participants were women drawn predominantly from Asia working to re-build their communities and promote sustainable economic livelihoods, following periods of political violence and human rights violations.

This flagship course aims to equip student participants with the necessary skills and knowledge base needed for pursuing positions of leadership at the local and national levels of their respective countries. The course challenges students to tie together the diverse areas of their program and interpret scholarship on gender through shared inquiry in the classroom. It is the first program of its kind at Berea College, with 11 students participating during the current spring term.

The China Women’s University is the sole institution for higher learning accredited by the Ministry of Education that is for women only. The training in  2014 and 2015 will also bring together 20 students from outside of Beijing including students from Hunan University and Shandong University. The curriculum was developed by the WPSP Director in close consultation with faculty from China Women’s University, as well as gender and law experts in China.

The Women in Public Service Institute at Bryn Mawr College: Peacebuilding and Development took place at the college’s campus in Pennsylvania between July 7 and July 19, 2013. It was co-sponsored by Bryn Mawr, the U.S. State Department, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

The conference will take place from June 3-5, 2013. Participants at the UMass Lowell conference will have the opportunity to exchange experiences and expertise with each other and can avail themselves of peer-to-peer mentoring and networking. Leadership development and capacity building will focus on the particulars of economic development and innovation and the role they play in conflict transformation and sustainable peace.

Primarily targeted at early- and mid-career women from Latin America, this institute combined presentations, small group workshops, and informal discussions centered on the advancement of women in both government and non-government organizations serving the public sector.