Women's Empowerment Institute: WEI

  • Women's Empowerment Institute (WEI) is dedicated to fostering every woman’s capacity to solve problems and create lasting change.


    At Carlow University, we know that empowered women are more than just leaders—they're revolutionaries. 

    The Women's Empowerment Institute (WEI) is dedicated to fostering every woman's capacity to solve problems and create lasting change. WEI seeks to develop uncommon leaders from uncommon places.

    We are passionate in our desire to help women find their voices and, in turn, give voice to others. We believe in the power of advocacy and its ability to create real solutions to rectify social and economic injustice in our region and our world, and we invite you to join us in our efforts as we work toward transforming lives and transforming our world.


    OVERVIEW

    WEI was founded in April of 2014 by Suzanne K. Mellon, PhD, tenth president of Carlow University.

    Our programs provide women with the skills and tools they need to capitalize on opportunities to lead others in directions that will precipitate social justice and sustainable change by:

    • Raising Awareness of issues and best practices,
    • Building Skills through curricular and applied educational programs that enable women to become skilled and successful change agents, and
    • Facilitating Action by providing opportunities to convert ideas and goals for social change into deliverable solutions. 

    OUR APPROACH

    WEI complements the Carlow University mission by offering:

    • Leadership and advocacy training for women,
    • Timely, regional research and faculty public scholarship and consultation on women's policy issues, and
    • Curriculum for Carlow students and girls throughout the region.

    WEI leverages expertise, programs, and research, developed by passionate, engaged faculty members of Carlow University, many of whom are scholar-practitioners - in other words, not just academics but people who are actively engaged in the community. Resources include:

    • Carlow's Women's and Gender Studies Program, which recently celebrated its 40th anniversary of exploring the historical condition of women, the interpretation of women in the various disciplines, and the present and future position of women in society.

    Our approach focuses on fostering relationships and building partnerships between and among individuals and groups who share a common goal: making meaningful, lasting change in the lives of women our region and beyond. 

    FOR MORE INFORMATION

    WEI seeks to develop uncommon leaders from uncommon places. To join in our efforts, or learn more about WEI programs and practices, email weiinfo@carlow.edu.