By Teresa Lane, CUB public relations intern

women-students-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Two students gained confidence and leadership skills at recent training funded in part by a Washington State University regent and the Women’s Resource Center Student Achievement Scholarship.

“I believe it is important that WSU is a participant in these sorts of opportunities to network with young women from a variety of universities in the state,” said Regent Connie Niva, a founding member of Seattle’s Center for Women and Democracy, which hosted the Seattle University Leadership Institute in June.

“We are more than happy to support a program that was founded to advance women’s leadership, participation and representation in local and global affairs,” said Turea Erwin, director of the WSU center.

Faduma Abdi, left, and Morgan Brown at the Seattle University Leadership Institute.

WSU student attendee Morgan Brown applied for the scholarship because the institute offered networking opportunities and the chance to grow as a leader. In addition, she said, “I am considering law school and want to immerse myself in political environments as much as I can.”

The institute featured workshops and discussions by successful women who are elected leaders, professional business women, nonprofit leaders and young entrepreneurs. Attendees learned about money management, negotiating for better wages, listening and leading skills, cultural diversity and living a balanced life.

“Because of this institute I have learned to believe in myself,” said WSU student attendee Faduma Abdi.

Abdi is a biological sciences major from the Tri-Cities campus and Brown is a science communication major from the Pullman campus,

“Morgan and Faduma are just two examples of how WRC can be utilized,” Erwin said. “WRC is very proud to have two WSU representatives for this leadership institute.”