There are complex social and economic barriers to women’s advancement in leadership. Additionally, gender stereotypes and diverse social norms of the many cultures spanning the Pacific Rim create wide implementation gaps in gender equality and women’s empowerment initiatives in higher education institutions. Women who lead and aspire to lead these institutions at all levels experience barriers to leadership and, in some cases, insufficient institutional support and guidance.
The APWiL Mentoring Program provides international and intercultural opportunities for the empowerment, professional growth, and development of aspiring women leaders within APRU. This program matches mentors and mentees from APRU member universities of the Pacific Rim. Through one-on-one mentorship as well as seminars and hands-on workshops featuring diverse leaders, participants are able to explore tools and methods for overcoming barriers to women’s leadership.
In particular, the program intends to:
- Grow the pipeline of aspiring women leaders within APRU.
- Identify professional opportunities for growth and skills development of APRU aspiring women leaders.
- Increase awareness of challenges that aspiring women leaders face within the region.
- Connect senior leaders at APRU institutions with emerging women leaders to create an effective network and share successful strategies.
- Introduce global and intercultural dimensions to leaders across the APRU network and beyond.
- Advance ethnic, cultural, and gender diversity of participants’ institutions.