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The Institute for Women’s Leadership in Latin America

Time and Place

Scripps College, Claremont, California and Mount St. Mary’s College, Los Angeles, California

Event Details

The Institute for Women’s Leadership in Latin America is part of the Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) and was co-hosted by Scripps College and Mount St. Mary’s College in Southern California. The Institute was created in collaboration with Mills College. All three colleges are full, active partners in the Women in Public Service Project.

This intensive, nine-day interactive institute reflects the overall goal of WPSP: to increase the participation and efficacy of women in all spheres of public service.

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.



This Institute:

  • Provided women leaders with enhanced skills for attaining elected and appointed positions in the public sector;
  • Enabled participants to establish a professional network within and outside of their home countries;
  • Supplied participants with concrete tools and training to increase the scope, efficacy and visibility of their ongoing work;
  • Communicated strategies, tools and materials to participants that they can deploy upon their return to their home countries for the training of other women in public service.

These goals were met through a combination of approaches, including modeling successful approaches to policy analysis, articulation and implementation; bolstering skills in oral, visual and written communications, and the effective use of traditional and social media; identifying national and regional contexts that can be leveraged to achieve policy goals; introducing and establishing strong women role models working in public service and creating mentoring networks among the participants/presenters.

More Information

WPSP seeks to increase the participation and representation of women, around the world, at all levels of public service. This workshop targeted emerging women leaders drawn from throughout Latin America and brought them together in Southern California for an intensive nine-day institute. Participants spent time on both the Scripps College and Mount St. Mary’s College campuses.

The Institute covered a broad range of topics of interest to women in public service in Latin America, including: organizing grassroots movements for social change; working with the media; economic empowerment; social entrepreneurship; women, religion and social change; human rights and women’s rights; policy development; running for office; and ethics in public service.


Travel and accommodation costs of all selected participants will be covered by the Institute.

Scripps College was founded in 1926 by Ellen Browning Scripps, a pioneering philanthropist and influential figure in the world of education, publishing, and women’s rights. Today, Scripps is a nationally top-ranked liberal arts college and women’s college with approximately 950 students, and is a member of The Claremont Colleges in Southern California. The mission of Scripps College is to educate women to develop their intellects and talents through active participation in a community of scholars, so that as graduates they may contribute to society through public and private lives of leadership, service, integrity, and creativity. Visit Scripps College at

Mount St. Mary’s College (MSMC), a Catholic, liberal arts college, was founded in 1925 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, whose goal was to provide quality higher education for women. Today Mount St. Mary’s College continues to offer undergraduate education for women, as well as innovative undergraduate and graduate programs for professional men and women, on two historic campuses in Los Angeles. The mission of the college is to provide a superior education enhanced by an emphasis on building leadership skills and fostering a spirit to serve others, with graduates who are committed to using their knowledge and skills to better themselves, their environments and the world. Visit Mount St. Mary’s College at 

Mills College, nestled in the foothills of Oakland, California, is a nationally renowned, independent liberal arts college offering a dynamic progressive education that fosters leadership, social responsibility, and creativity in approximately 950 undergraduate women and more than 600 graduate women and men. The College ranks as one of the Best 377 Colleges in the country and one of the greenest colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. U.S. News & World Report ranked Mills one of the top-tier regional universities in the country and lists it among the top colleges and universities in the West in the “Great Schools, Great Prices’’ category. For more information, visit