Learning • Living • Leading


The GW Women’s Leadership Program encourages the development of an inclusive, supportive, and collaborative community of student leaders on campus. The program fosters intellectual growth both in and out of the classroom through four distinct disciplinary cohorts. WLP students live together in Somers Hall on the Mount Vernon Campus where shared living supports academic work and students build a strong, vibrant community.




Small First Year Classes


Engaging Guest Speakers


Dynamic Community


Strong Mentoring Networks


Speaker talking to GW students



"WLP was a transformative experience for me as a person.  I can't imagine where I would be without it. I developed so much professionally and personally, and the skills and connections that I got through WLP have helped me land internships, grants, and research opportunities. Aside from that, the friendships that I made will last for the rest of my life."


Maria Alejandra Silva Ortega, ESIA Class of 2018 
International Affairs concentrating in Conflict Resolution






Our Alumnae

WLP alumnae are making their mark in many fields. Visit the Alumnae page to see what they are doing.

Meghan Shea






Jess Kraus, J.D. ‘21 with the Immigration Clinic’s Immigrant Justice Corps Fellow J. Nicole Alanko, J.D. ‘18

Clinic Wins First Asylum Case

July 23, 2021
WLP is very proud of Nicole Alanko, former IAC student who is working with the William & Mary Law School Immigration Clinic as an Immigrant Justice Corps Fellow. Nicole received outstanding news this week: the Clinic has won its first asylum case. Read about Nicole's work as supervising attorney for W&M law student Jess Kraus.