Frequently Asked Questions

When is the 20117-18 Wisconsin Women's Network Policy Institute?

The 2017-18 class of the Policy Institute consists of four, two-day retreats, held in Madison. All retreats are held in-person; video and phone call participation is not allowed. If you are selected to participate in the Wisconsin Women's Network Policy Institute, you commit to attend all scheduled Institute trainings in Madison, take part in regular communication and work with your small group in-between retreats, and engage in various other “learning while doing” activities. The 2017-18 Institute will be held on the following days:

  • Retreat 1: Friday, November 3, 2017, 9:00am-6:00pm and Saturday, November 4, 2017, 9:00am-4:00pm.

  • Retreat 2: Friday, December 8, 2017, 9:00am-6:00pm and Saturday, December 9, 2017, 9:00am-4:00pm.

  • Retreat 3: Friday, January 12, 2017, 9:00am-6:00pm and Saturday, January 13, 2017, 9:00am-4:00pm.

  • Retreat 4: Friday, February 9, 2017, 9:00am-6:00pm and Saturday, February 10, 2017, 9:00am-4:00pm.

 

What is the Cost for Participation in the Wisconsin Women's Network Policy Institute?

While the Institute is at no cost to participants, the Wisconsin Women’s Network invests approximately $1,200 per participant to organize and conduct the Policy Institute.

The Wisconsin Women’s Network is particularly committed to making the Institute available to women from diverse socioeconomic, LGBTQ+, generational, geographic, racial and ethnic backgrounds who cannot otherwise afford to participate. Because Institute graduates return to their organizations and communities with greatly enhanced skills, connections, and expertise, and because the Wisconsin Women’s Network is a nonprofit organization, we request that organizations with staff or volunteers attending consider either fully or partially sponsoring the participant.

 

What is the Timeline for Applications?

Institute participants will be selected through a competitive application process. The selection committee will review all completed applications and conduct phone interviews.

Applications and recommendations must be submitted through the online forms by noon on Tuesday, September 5, 2017. You will be contacted by Monday, September 11th to schedule a phone interview. Participants who have been accepted into the Institute will then be notified of their selection by Friday, September 22nd.

 

What if I Have Questions Prior to Applying?

Please do not hesitate to ask questions prior to submitting your application. You may email Lead Instructor Vicky Selkowe at vsselkowe@gmail.com or call her at (608) 772-6046. You may also email the Wisconsin Women’s Network at info@wiwomensnetwork.org.

 

What Are the Criteria For A Successful Application?

There are several criteria for a successful application to the Wisconsin Women's Network Policy Institute. Successful applicants will:

  1. Possess interest in and/or content knowledge of one or more of the Institute’s focus areas of women’s health, safety, or economic security;

  2. Demonstrate how your participation in the Wisconsin Women's Network Policy Institute will increase the policy advocacy work of your organization. If you do not represent an organization, be able to demonstrate how your participation will help a specific community or community group in which you are involved;

  3. Have the full support of your employer or volunteer organization to participate in the Institute and to spend time working on a policy project that includes advocacy;

  4. Be committed and available to attend all four training retreats for the full time of each retreat. All retreats are held in-person in Madison. For participants who do not live in or near Madison, overnight hotel accommodations will be made for each retreat. Light breakfast items, lunch, and snacks during the retreats are provided. Retreats are scheduled for the dates below. Start and end times may vary slightly from retreat to retreat, but participants will be given ample notice of any minor schedule changes: 

    Retreat 1: Friday, November 3, 2017, 9:00am-6:00pm and Saturday, November 4, 2017, 9:00am-4:00pm.

    Retreat 2: Friday, December 8, 2017, 9:00am-6:00pm and Saturday, December 9, 2017, 9:00am-4:00pm.

    Retreat 3: Friday, January 12, 2017, 9:00am-6:00pm and Saturday, January 13, 2017, 9:00am-4:00pm.

    Retreat 4: Friday, February 9, 2017, 9:00am-6:00pm and Saturday, February 10, 2017, 9:00am-4:00pm.

  5. Be willing to work on a team to collectively develop a policy project and actively work on the project even if the specific policy issue is not a top priority for you, your organization, or your community, recognizing that the skills you learn on this policy project will be broadly applicable and useful to you after the Institute has concluded. Team members must be willing to work to bridge differences in personalities and styles to collaborate successfully as a team;
  6. Be able to dedicate an average of two to four hours a week to Institute-related activities (in addition to the four retreats) and dedicate more time during certain busy periods, such as before an important small-group presentation or prior to a hearing.

  7. Be willing and prepared to bring what you have learned in the Institute back to your organization or community and train colleagues and members in policy advocacy strategies;

  8. Be willing and prepared to engage after your year of training in the network of Institute participants and to continue advancing public policy agendas that benefit Wisconsin’s women and girls;

  9. Have daily access to reliable communications technology and commit to checking and responding to all Institute-related emails frequently; and

  10. Have a passion for and eagerness to learn about how to more effectively make a difference in the lives of Wisconsin’s women and girls!