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Newcomb Summer Session

Newcomb Summer Session is a selective pre-college program in women’s leadership offered by Newcomb Institute of Tulane University. Students entering their sophomore, junior, or senior year of high school will get a preview of the college classroom while forming a strong community centered on exploring gender issues and social change.

Educating undergraduates for women's leadership in the 21st century.


Newcomb Summer Session is designed to inspire students to end gender inequality in their generation. With more students joining the public conversation on women in society—from the “confidence gap” to the #MeToo Movement—Newcomb Summer Session empowers students to put feminist ideas into social action. Through discussion-based seminars, workshops, and collaborative projects, students learn strategies for taking on leadership roles in and beyond the classroom, finding a public voice, tackling real-world issues, and strengthening college applications.

Newcomb Summer Students

Program Highlights

  • Hands-on coursework
  • Learn from talented faculty in the heart of New Orleans
  • Explore potential careers
  • Multiple session dates—ideal for busy families


Newcomb Summer Session offers 5 different week-long courses in either a two-week residential option or a one-week day option for students who live in the greater New Orleans area.

Each week-long course features full days of seminar discussions and collaborative projects. Students in different courses come together for select workshops, lunch breaks, and a closing reception for families. Students may take any course or pair of courses; all courses work synergistically to deepen students’ understanding of gender, leadership, and social change. Women Writing Out Loud is offered both weeks, but students can only take it once.

2020 Newcomb Summer Session

Residential Session Dates June 14 - June 27, 2020
Residential Tuition Coming soon!
Day Session Dates June 15-19 and June 22-26, 2020
Day Tuition Coming soon!

June 15-19, 2020 course offerings:

  • Reproductive Rights in the Media
  • Women’s Advocacy
  • Women Writing Out Loud

Newcomb Summer Student

June 22-26, 2020 course offerings:

  • Programmers, Wired Women, and Techno-Feminists: Gender in Computing
  • Dismantling Rape Culture
  • Women Writing Out Loud

We strongly encourage residential students to stay for two weeks. The weekend between courses will consist of supervised activities, cultural field trips, and socializing with other students on campus.

Applying to Newcomb Summer Session

A completed application consists of an essay, transcript and letter of recommendation. Limited needs-based scholarships are available. In order to be considered for our scholarship opportunities, you must submit both your course selections and your scholarship application by financial aid application deadline. If you need assistance completing your application or have questions about scholarships, email for more information.

Admission to Tulane Pre-College and Newcomb Summer Session is open to all individuals regardless of their immigration status. Individuals with DACA status and other non-citizens are welcome to apply to Tulane Pre-College summer programs. For more information, visit

Meet Our Faculty

Molly Pulda

Molly Pulda, Ph.D.
Women Writing Out Loud

Molly Pulda is an Administrative Assistant Professor of Women's Literature at Newcomb Institute and directs Newcomb Summer Session. She has a Ph.D. in English and a certificate in women's studies from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and a B.A. from Columbia University. Before joining Newcomb Institute, she was a Provost's Postdoctoral Scholar in the Humanities at the University of Southern California and taught at Barnard College and Brooklyn College.

Molly promotes a culture of women reading women at Tulane University by leading Newcomb's literary programming, teaching courses in the English department, and directing Newcomb Summer Session. Her research is on secrecy in contemporary literature and culture. You can reach Molly at


Sally J. Kenney

Sally J. Kenney, Ph.D.
Dismantling Rape Culture

Sally J. Kenney has served as director of the Newcomb Institute and held the Newcomb endowed chair since 2010. She is a faculty member in the Political Science Department and an affiliated faculty member in the law school. Her research interests include sexual assault on campus, women’s imprisonment, women and leadership, gender and judging, judicial selection, feminist social movements, women and electoral politics, the European Court of Justice, exclusionary employment policies, and pregnancy discrimination. Her latest book is Gender and Justice: Why Women in the Judiciary Really Matter.

A native of Iowa, Sally J. Kenney earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Iowa, a B.A. and M.A. in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from Magdalen College, Oxford, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University. From 1989-1995, she held a joint appointment in Political Science, Women's Studies, and Law at the University of Iowa. She served on the faculty at the University of Minnesota’s Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs from 1995-2009 where she also directed the Center on Women and Public Policy. She teaches a service learning course on the politics of rape as well as one on women’s imprisonment. For the last three years, she has led a study abroad program working with AIDS orphans in Kenya, teaching leadership and sexual and reproductive health.


Clare Daniel

Clare Daniel, Ph.D.
Reproductive Rights in the Media

Clare Daniel is an Administrative Assistant Professor of Women's Leadership at Newcomb Institute. She received her doctorate and master's in American Studies from the University of New Mexico and her bachelor's degree from Macalester College in German Studies and English with a Women and Gender Studies minor. Her book Mediating Morality: The Politics of Teen Pregnancy in the Post-Welfare Era was published in 2017 by the University of Massachusetts Press. Her work has also appeared in Signs: Journal of Women and Culture in Society, the edited MTV and Teen Pregnancy: Critical Essays on Teen Mom and 16 and Pregnant, and the library science journal Collection Building. She periodically teaches courses in the Department of Communication, the Gender and Sexuality Studies program, the Honors Program, and the Spark Residential Learning Community.


Jacquelyne Thoni Howard

Jacquelyne Thoni Howard, Ph.D.
Programmers, Wired Women, and Techno-Feminists

Jacquelyne Thoni Howard is the Manager of Technology Initiatives at Newcomb Institute. She has a Ph.D. in U.S. History from Fordham University. Her background includes digital humanities, online education, and instructional technology. Jacque is also a historian of Borderlands history who works at the intersection of the gender, family, and colonial cultures. In her current project, she examines the experiences of women and families in the French Lower Louisiana Borderlands. Jacque has taught the history of gender, history of race and empire, digital scholarship practices, and the history of science and technology as the main themes in several undergraduate courses. These courses include U.S. History to 1865, U.S. History Since 1865, Western Civilization I, History of Modern Europe, Understanding Historical Change - U.S. History.


Aiden Smith

Aiden Smith, Ph.D.
Women's Advocacy

Aidan Smith is the Director of Newcomb Scholars Program and teaches its first year seminar, The History and Philosophy of Higher Education: The Role of College Women. She earned her bachelor's degree at Barnard College and holds a master's degree in mass communication from the University of Florida. She completed her doctorate in American Studies at the University of Hawaii in 2013. She also coordinates Newcomb’s feminist film initiatives.

Her first book, Gender, Heteronormativity, and the American Presidency, was published by Routledge in October 2017.


Laura Wolford

Laura Wolford
Dismantling Rape Culture

Laura Wolford is the Assistant Director of Newcomb Institute. She has a BA in English from Reed College and a Master of Public Affairs from the LBJ School at the University of Texas, Austin. At NCI, Laura oversees the Newcomb Research Center, coordinates several endowed programs, manages the Newcomb Grants program, and coordinates the Institute’s annual report, budgeting and strategic planning processes. Her work also promotes faculty engagement through the Newcomb Fellows program. She serves as the Newcomb representative to the campus-wide Sexual Violence Prevention and Education Coalition and serves on the Tulane Staff Advisory Council. Prior to joining Newcomb, Laura worked as a budget analyst for the state of Texas, on a political campaign in Oregon, as a legislative aide to an Oregon state representative, and as an intern at NARAL Pro-Choice Texas.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I take more than one course?
Yes and yes! Day students can attend week one (June 17-21), week two (June 24-28), or both.

Which course(s) should I choose?
All Newcomb Summer Session courses foster leadership, collaboration, and college-level reading and discussion.

Will I receive college credit?
Newcomb Summer Session does not offer college credit. You will receive a certificate of completion.

Who is eligible to apply?
Rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors in good academic standing are eligible.

Is there homework?
Students will be expected to read approximately 50-100 pages of provided text before the program begins. There will be additional reading assignments throughout the program; expect around 30 pages per night.

I am a male or nonbinary student. Can I apply?
Yes! Newcomb Summer Session welcomes all students who are motivated to study women’s leadership, feminist ideas, and social change.


“I had such a great time at Newcomb. It was amazing how much I learned in just one week, and how much my confidence improved as well. It’s still going to take some active practice of the leadership skills I’ve learned, and a serious effort to try to unlearn all of those gender biases that society has ingrained in me, but I truly believe that this program was the kickstart I needed to shift my focus to empowering women, myself included.”

- Catie Mae Carey, 2018 Newcomb Summer Session student

"Newcomb Summer Session completely sent me head over heels for Tulane. Ultimately my experience at Newcomb became the deciding factor in my decision to apply to Tulane."

- Hannah Pedersen, Tulane class of 2024

“I had such an amazing experience over the summer and it really solidified for me that I want to be a student of Tulane University. I feel ever fortunate for the formation of ideas and knowledge that the program fostered. I never would have known that Tulane is where I want to be had it not been for the time I spent in the classroom with other inspiring women.”

- Artesia Harrison, 2018 Newcomb Summer Session

“I met people like me who want to make a change, grow together to create conversations and ideas that will last for years and maybe make a big change one day.”

- Clara Gibbs, 2017 and 2018 Newcomb Summer Session

“My daughter really enjoyed the whole experience and learned so much. It was wonderful seeing her so passionate about what she was learning. This had a lasting impression on her development as a person and academic.”

- 2018 Newcomb Summer Session parent

“The seminar was the highlight of my summer and made me look forward to college even more!”

- 2017 Summer Session student


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