The impetus for this summit arose last summer when an extraordinary group of women—all former Victoria Schuck interns—came together with campus leaders, faculty, and staff to discuss the present state of politics and leadership curricula at Mount Holyoke. Initiated in 1949 by Professor of Politics Victoria Schuck, the Victoria Schuck Internship Program has since funded political internships for nearly 900 Mount Holyoke students.
In alignment with the Weissman Center's Leadership and Public Service Program, campus leaders, faculty, staff, and alumnae established the Women Leading in Public Service Summit—the first event of its scope at Mount Holyoke College—a three-day event taking place November 5-7, 2015.
The first day, November 5, is reserved for former Victoria Schuck interns and dedicated to celebrating the legacy of Professor Schuck. Throughout the Summit, panels, discussions, class residencies, and networking opportunities will span diverse fields including law, business, media, arts, education, and social investment. Featured speakers and participants will discuss how to foster and expand access for women to enter public service fields and what it means to be a woman in power in the 21st century.