PULLMAN, Wash. — The 2003 National Education for Women’s Leadership Inland Northwest Summer Institute at Washington State University will feature a June 5 reception for student participants and speakers.

The Women’s Resource Center and the Women’s Studies department will host the event from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Lewis Alumni Centre. Monica Walters, executive director of the YWCA, Spokane, will be the guest speaker.

Some 36 college women are expected to attend the institute on the Pullman campus June 4-8.

During the institute, students will meet with women who are leaders in their communities, grassroots organizations, and in local and state government; develop and sharpen their leadership skills through workshops on public speaking, conflict resolution and advocacy; and discuss ways women can take on public leadership experiences during their college years and in their communities.

Some of the region’s most prominent women will participate in the event. They include Betty Buckley, co-founder of Stone Soup Foundation; Colleen Cawston, former chairwoman of the Colville Business Council; Barbara Chamberlain, former Idaho legislator; state Sen. Rosa Franklin, 29th District; Karen Kiessling, former mayor of Pullman; state Rep. Lynn Kessler, majority leader, 24th District; Patsy Martin, deputy director of Human Services, Yakama Nation; state Rep. Joyce McDonald, 25th District; state Rep. Mary Skinner, 14th District; and Monica Walters, executive director of the YWCA of Spokane.

For a complete view of the program agenda, visit the Women’s Resource Center Web site at www.wsu.edu/~wrc or call Alice Coil at (509) 335-6849.