Carlow President Suzanne K. Mellon Announces Formation of Institute
During Inaugural Address
Pittsburgh, Pa. –
Today, during her inaugural address, Suzanne K. Mellon, PhD, president of
Carlow University, announced that the institution will establish an Institute
for Women’s Leadership and Empowerment.
“There is a strong need to address the social and health
disparities of women and the role that women’s leadership and voice can have
for our community and the world,” said Mellon.
“This Institute will increase the capacity of women to become skilled change
agents and social entrepreneurs within communities regional to global. The Institute will help empower women – at
all levels – who will use their voices to advocate for inclusiveness, justice,
and democratized decision-making in their lives and in the lives of others.”
The Institute for Women’s Leadership and Empowerment is
grounded in the belief that the complex nature of most social problems requires
more than the efforts of a single program or organization if lasting and
sustainable change is to be created.
The Institute will go beyond traditional collaborations,
networks, and joint efforts to:
• Create a single, focused
infrastructure for educational and community initiatives;
• Hire and maintain a committed
staff dedicated to the Institute; and
• Integrate processes that lead towards
a common agenda, shared measurements, continuous communications, and mutually
reinforcing activities among all participants.
In addition, the Institute will be founded based on the
Sisters of Mercy’s mission of social justice, which seeks to give voice to
others. By bridging theory to practice,
the Institute seeks to create connections and opportunities for applied models
in academic work, which will link practitioners to research which will inform
their leadership and their communities.
The Institute’s programs will provide women with the skills
and tools to create change, launch social enterprises, or become social
entrepreneurs within their workplaces and communities. This will be accomplished through the
awareness of issues and the best practices to impact social change;
• Build skills
through curricular and applied educational programs that enable women to become
skilled and successful change agents; and
opportunities to convert ideas and goals for social change into deliverable
solutions through innovative practices.
In each area, the curriculum is supplemented with career
development opportunities, internships, and mentoring that involve the direct
engagement of women leaders, including those women who have been honored as
Carlow Laureates or Women of Spirit®.
While an aggressive campaign is underway to fund all aspects
of this new initiative, Carlow will commence Institute activities with the start of
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Carlow University was founded by the Sisters of Mercy
in 1929. Offering both undergraduate and graduate programs, Carlow University
is a comprehensive master's institution dedicated to learner-centered education
at the collegiate levels and at the elementary school level in the Campus
School of Carlow University.