ADA — Deloris Beard and Tamara Roberts, seniors at East Central University, have been selected by the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center to attend the National Education for Women's Leadership program. NEW Leadership is a five-day residential program which will be held in May at the University of Oklahoma.

Beard, a senior legal studies major from Wanette, will graduate in May and plans to work for a year as a paralegal before attending law school. She has been active in the Legal Professions Association, serving as secretary and Law Day chair in 2006, and is a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, the political science honor society.

Roberts is a political science major from Sulphur. She also will graduate in May and plans to attend graduate school. She is a member of Pi Sigma Alpha political science honor society and Alpha Chi national honor society and was the coordinator for this year's Week of Work in Hammond Heights. She also has presented papers at the annual meetings of the Oklahoma Political Science Association and the Southwest Political Science Association.

The NEW Leadership summer institute was developed by Rutgers University's Center for American Women in Politics in 1991 as a national program designed to encourage college-educated women to take on public leadership roles. The program connects students to policy makers and community activists to engage them in shaping the public agenda. Increasing the number of women, regardless of party affiliation, in leadership positions in government and in the community at large, is the overall goal of the program.