About the seminary
Are you a Muslim woman who serves in a religious, scholarly, community, or social leadership role? Are you interested in networking and dialoging with a group of diverse Muslim women leaders? Are you interested in exploring your leadership role in relation to the Islamic tradition, public engagement, and inter-community solidarity?
This winter, from January 22-25, 2017, the Islam, Social Justice, and Interreligious Engagement Program (ISJIE) at Union Theological Seminary will host the first annual Muslim Women Leaders Program (MWLP).
The Muslim Women Leaders Program (MWLP) aims to nurture a community of dialogue among diverse Muslim women leaders. The program seeks to provide opportunities for networking; examination of relevant aspects of Islamic thought and practice; and development of practical skills in public engagement and communication. The program includes content sessions, practical trainings, dialogues with visiting Muslim women leaders, and group activities and discussions that draw upon the expertise and experiences of participants. Muslim women (18 years and older), who currently serve as leaders, are encouraged to apply.
Accepted applicants will receive a $500 stipend, lodging (double occupancy) at Union’s Landmark Guest Rooms, and most meals during the program. A limited amount of travel stipends, in the maximum amount of $200, are available for accepted applicants travelling long distance to New York City.
Applicants will be notified about admission by or around December 1st, 2016.
Please fill out our online application below. In order to complete the Muslim Women Leaders Program application, you will need to create a User ID and Password. If this is your first time to apply, please select "New User Registration" to register. If you already have a user account, you may use that. Please note: this is a one-time password. Once you’ve logged in to the application, you must complete and submit your application in one sitting. If you log out without submitting your application, your information will be lost and you will have to start a new application.
For consideration for the 2017 MWLP, applications must be submitted by 11:59pm on Tuesday, November 1st, 2016.
Letter of Reference: Applicants must solicit a reference letter from one professional or academic contact, who can speak to the substance of the applicant’s leadership roles, preparation, and/or interests. Reference letters should address the following:
- How long have you known the applicant, and in what capacity?
- As a Muslim woman leader, what are the applicant’s primary interests, strengths, and areas of development?
Reference letters should be emailed directly to email@example.com with the subject line. Letters should include your full name and the reference's full name and contact information. All letters of reference must be submitted by Tuesday, November 1st, 2016.
Professional Résumé: Résumés (no more than two pages) should be uploaded as a PDF or Word Document.
Personal Statement: In 500 words or less, respond to the following prompts:
- What are your primary interests/roles as a Muslim woman leader? (What area/field? How did you start? What are your goals?)
- Do you face any challenges as a Muslim woman leader?
- Why are you interested in participating in the Muslim Women Leaders Program? What do you hope to contribute and gain?
Your statement should be copied and pasted into the online application.
MWLP Participant Agreement: The quality of the MWLP depends on the full participation of all attendees. In order to build community and best insure a productive time, attendees are required to be present at and participate fully in all program activities.
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