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Nuala Pell Leadership Program

The Nuala Pell Leadership Program provides opportunities to a select number of diverse, high-achieving student fellows 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. To learn more about the program, email Martha Rose

“The Nuala Pell Leadership trip to Washington, DC 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, Class of 2018

“Having the opportunity to meet the incredibly successful and experienced individuals we did was just the inspiration I needed.” Alessio Ayuninjam, Class of 2018

“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, Class of 2019

“I learned overall, leadership comes in so many different forms, shapes, and sizes. No one person has the ultimate answer to how to be a leader but there are a lot of techniques . . . .” Brian Schmidt, Class of 2019

“A Global Call for Mercy – Vulnerable Communities Speak out through Quilts.”

Inspired by the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy – Pope Francis’ campaign for social justice – the exhibit was made possible by students in the Nuala Pell Leadership Program and the Advocacy Project, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C.

Read more about the exhibit here.

Nuala Pell Fellows exhibit quilts

Recent Nuala Pell Leadership Blog Posts

Nuala Pell Leadership Program Selects Fellows for 2020-2021

Newport RI—Ten rising juniors and seniors at Salve Regina University have been selected as fellows for the Nuala Pell Leadership Program for 2020-2021.  This innovative leadership development program is run by the Pell Center and is named in honor of the wife of U.S. Senator Claiborne Pell.  The program facilitates leadership development for the twenty-first century through monthly meetings where students will explore leadership theory, ethics, evolution of public issues … Read More

Nuala Pell Leadership Program Selects Fellows for 2019-2020

Ten rising juniors and seniors at Salve Regina University have been selected as fellows for the Nuala Pell Leadership Program for 2019-2020.  This innovative leadership development program is run by the Pell Center and is named in honor of the wife of U.S. Senator Claiborne Pell.  The program facilitates leadership development for the twenty-first century through monthly meetings where students will explore leadership theory, ethics, evolution of public issues and … Read More

Nuala Pell Leadership Program Selects Fellows for 2018-2019

Eleven rising juniors and seniors at Salve Regina University have been selected for an innovative leadership development program run by the Pell Center. Named in honor of the wife of U.S. Senator Claiborne Pell, the Nuala Pell Leadership Program builds student leaders for the twenty-first century. “I feel privileged to be working with such wonderful students,” said Martha McCann Rose, program director. “Through their future endeavors, they will continue to … Read More

Dr. Martha McCann Rose to lead Nuala Pell Program

Dr. Martha McCann Rose has been named director of the Nuala Pell Leadership Program at Salve Regina University. Dr. Rose is a professor in the Education Department and a faculty fellow at the University’s Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy. “Martha Rose is a world-class educator and colleague,” said Pell Center Executive Director Jim Ludes.  He continued, “Her commitment to students, her desire to see them grow as … Read More

Nuala Pell Leadership Program Selects Fellows for 2017-2018

Twelve rising sophomores at Salve Regina University have been selected for an innovative leadership development program run by the Pell Center. Named in honor of the wife of U.S. Senator Claiborne Pell, the Nuala Pell Leadership Program builds student leaders for the twenty-first century. “We’re excited to see how the class of 2020 will build on all of the wonderful successes of their predecessors,” said Chelsea Buffington, program director. “This … Read More

Salve Regina University’s Class of 2020 Invited to Apply for Leadership Program

Rising sophomores are invited to participate in Nuala Pell Leadership Development Program.

2016-2017 Nuala Pell Leadership Program Fellows Reflect on D.C.

The 2016-2017 cohort of Nuala Pell Leadership Fellows traveled to Washington, D.C. in October, 2017, to explore leadership. Evie O’Callaghan, a fellow in the program, shares her experience in the following blog post: Day One: Washington Early in the morning, on Sunday 16th October, fourteen bleary eyed Fellows gathered at Rodgers Rec, excited to take on a whirlwind trip to Washington D.C.! By lunchtime, we had our feet firmly on … Read More

Nuala Pell Leadership Program Selects Fellows for 2016-2017

Newport, R.I. – Fourteen rising sophomores at Salve Regina University have been selected for an innovative leadership development program run by the Pell Center. Named in honor of the wife of U.S. Senator Claiborne Pell, the Nuala Pell Leadership Program builds student leaders for the twenty-first century. “In the first two years of the program, our student fellows have impressed us with their commitment, their desire to grow as leaders, … Read More