Applications are open until June 11, 2021. Please apply here: https://wfri.org/leadership
The Women's Policy Institute (WPI) is a professional development and mentoring program designed to develop policy, advocacy, and strategic communications skills among women who are interested in influencing the policymaking process. Every year from September through June, WPI trains women across the state of Rhode Island on how to draft legislation and advocate for policies that will help make our state an equitable place to live. The members of these cohorts come from all walks of life with many different experience levels in policy work. Alumni include professors, retirees, recent college graduates, urban planners, talk show hosts, public sector employees, city councilwomen, nonprofit leaders, school administrators, small business owners, and even a state senator. Most recently, WPI fellows successfully advocated for paid family leave and pregnancy accommodations in the workplace, codified Roe vs. Wade through the Reproductive Privacy Act, and repealed the tampon tax, policies which have now been signed into law on a state-wide level. That's real change! WPI cultivates skills for shaping policy-making at the state level with the goal of increasing the number of women leaders in the state who are actively involved in influencing and applying policies for an equitable Rhode Island. One of those women could be you!
Applications are being accepted for the 2021-2022 program year. A limited number of stipends will be available for participants in need to cover unpaid work or to access childcare on session days. We believe this will make access to WPI more inclusive moving forward.