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The Public Leadership Education Network (PLEN) is the only national organization with the sole focus of preparing college women for leadership in the public policy arena. PLEN is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) organization based in Washington, D.C. Through introducing college women to role models, career paths, and skills trainings before they enter the workforce, PLEN’s mission is to increase the number of women in top leadership positions influencing all aspects of the public policy process (PLEN, 2020). Learn more about PLEN.

FIU is a PLEN Associate Member institution; thus FIU students receive discounted fees for PLEN programs.

PLEN Seminars

WOMEN, LAW, AND LEGAL ADVOCACY (OCTOBER 15-17, 2020)

Explore a range of legal professions, from issue-based advocacy to government services

WOMEN OF COLOR INFLUENCING WASHINGTON (NOVEMBER 12-14, 2020)

Formerly Women and Congress, gain insight on Capitol Hill by learning from women directly influencing the legislative process. We invite all students to attend as we lift up and learn about the important influence women of color have on all levels of policy making.

WOMEN IN PUBLIC POLICY (JANUARY 4-8, 2021)

Hear from women working on a variety of policy issues and gain advocacy skills lobbying on Capitol Hill

WOMEN IN STEM POLICY (JANUARY 11-15, 2021)

Discuss key issues with women leaders working in the increasingly significant STEM policy field

WOMEN IN HEALTH POLICY (MARCH 14-16, 2021)

Meet women at the forefront of the nation's most pressing healthcare and public health policies

WOMEN IN GLOBAL POLICY (MAY 17-21, 2021)

Start your international policy career by connecting with women whose work has a global impact

PLEN Scholarship

What PLEN funds: The PLEN scholarship Fundwill assist students in funding a portion and/or all of the program and registration fees associated with attending the seminar.

What students fund: Student(s) awarded any level of scholarship will be responsible for any remaining dues for program and registration fees not covered by the scholarship award.

Recommended Qualifications: Currently enrolled undergraduate women, but current students and recent graduates are welcome to apply.

Due: On a rolling basis. Scholarship applications have differing deadlines dependent on the scholarship chosen. See specified seminar page for deadline.

Questions about the PLEN scholarship can be directed to plen.scholarship@gmail.com. See the 2020-2021 scholarship application.

Contact

If you are interested in participating in a PLEN seminar, we STRONGLY recommend that you contact Yenisleidy Simon Mengana, Program Manager, at ysimonme@fiu.edu.