Will Represent SUNY Orange During Annual Weeklong Summer Women’s Leadership Institute in Albany

PHOTO: Molly McNeelyMIDDLETOWN, N.Y. -- Molly McNeely, who will graduate from SUNY Orange May 18 with a degree in liberal arts, has been selected to participate in the NEW Leadership New York Summer Institute May 29 through June 5 at the University of Albany.

NEW Leadership is a national bi-partisan program sponsored by Rutgers’ Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP) to educate college women about the political process and to teach them to become effective leaders. Participants engage in leadership self-development activities, train to promote the principles of leadership through action, and learn from the experience and knowledge of successful leaders.

Each year, up to 25 women are selected to attend summer institute. This weeklong residential undergraduate leadership development program instills the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary for effective political engagement and community organizing. The conference is administered by the Center for Women in Government and Civil Society. CWGCS is part of the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University at Albany.

“I am honored and excited to have been selected for the NEW Leadership New York institute,” McNeely says. “I look forward to taking part in this conference because of the knowledge and skills I will learn, and the talented, passionate people with whom I will be working.”

In April, McNeely received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence, the highest honor bestowed upon community college students within the State University of New York. The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence recognizes students across the SUNY system who have best demonstrated, and have been recognized for, the integration of academic excellence with accomplishments in the areas of leadership, athletics, community service, creative and performing arts or career achievement.

A resident of Middletown, McNeely is a member of the College’s Honors Program and holds membership in the College’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society for students at two-year colleges. During her time at SUNY Orange, McNeely founded, and served as president, of the student English Club, organized voter registration drives at the College and volunteered at a variety of cultural and social events for students and the community. Last fall, McNeely volunteered for Sean Patrick Maloney’s successful United States Congressional election campaign and during the winter break she was an intern for President Barack Obama’s Inaugural Committee.

During the prestigious Northeast Regional Honors Council Conference in Philadelphia, Pa., in early April, McNeely delivered a presentation entitled “Economic Inequality and Perceptions of Poverty: Combating Discrimination in Contemporary America"

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