Nuala Pell Leadership Program
The Nuala Pell Leadership Program provides opportunities to a select number of diverse, high-achieving sophomores at Salve Regina, exposing them to both the theory and practice of leadership. Named in honor of the late Nuala Pell, wife of Sen. Claiborne Pell and an avid supporter of public service, the program aims to build leadership skills that can be used in the classroom and beyond.
Accomplished leaders from the public and private sectors leaven the experience with practical real-world lessons from their own lives. Students in the program also work in teams to design and implement a service project, shadow a community leader and receive mentoring from upperclassmen from preceding cohorts of the program.
Students are nominated by a University faculty or staff member to apply during the spring semester of their first year at Salve Regina. To learn more about the program, email Chelsea Buffington.
Each fall, the Nuala Pell fellows travel to Washington, D.C., to participate in group meetings with a wide variety of leaders, attend a reception honoring the program and engage in team-building exercises.
"Having the opportunity to meet the incredibly successful and experienced individuals we did was just the inspiration I needed." Alessio Ayuninjam '18
"Every person we met was driven by a goal to make the world a better place, and they all carried that out in different ways. I think this is one of the hallmarks of Claiborne and Nuala Pell: They were leaders with a drive to do good." Evie O'Callaghan '19
"I learned that overall, leadership comes in so many different forms, shapes and sizes. No one person has the ultimate answer on how to be a leader, but there are a lot of techniques." Brian Schmidt '19
"The trip to Washington, D.C., was the opportunity of a lifetime. It was truly inspiring to hear leadership advice and success stories from such influential people. I have a much deeper understanding of what it takes to be an effective leader." Devin Smith '18
Inspired by the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, the Nuala Pell fellows partnered with the nonprofit organization Advocacy Project to bring an exhibition titled "A Global Call for Mercy: Vulnerable Communities Speak Out Through Quilts" to campus in March 2016.
Internships and Student Employment
As interns or student employees at the Pell Center, students from a wide array of majors have the opportunity to engage with a broad spectrum of public issues while gaining professional experience in an office environment. Applicants should have a demonstrated writing aptitude and research skills in order to assist with research for studies and reports, write for the online blog, and assist with event planning and execution.
In addition, students with an interest in graphic design may assist in creating communications materials in Final Cut Pro and Adobe Creative Suite. Student employees should be prepared to attend Pell Center events and to assist in keeping Pell Center constituents and community members engaged in the civic dialogue.