Established in 1976, to improve the opportunities and status of academic women, and to assist institutions in compliance with the requirements of Title IX, the HERS Institute at Bryn Mawr College has prepared over 2,500 women faculty and administrators for leadership roles in higher education.
Located just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – on the historic Bryn Mawr College campus – the HERS Institute at Bryn Mawr is an intensive, two-week residential program at which participants gain the knowledge, skills, and perspectives needed for advancing as leaders across all institutional types.
Please note, the 2017 HERS Institute at Bryn Mawr College is now full.
2018 HERS Institute at Bryn Mawr College
Early Application Deadlines & Tuition:
Regular Application Deadlines & Tuition:
Accommodations & Meals
HERS Institute at Bryn Mawr College participants reside in the New Dorm (formerly Haffner Hall), Bryn Mawr College’s most recent residence hall renovation in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. Participants have single occupancy rooms and amenities are typical of a college residence hall. The air-conditioned rooms are furnished with a twin-size bed, desk, chair and lamp. We hope you take advantage of the learning-living environment by utilizing the lounge and courtyard type spaces. Bed linens, towels, one pillow, and one blanket will be supplied. Bed linens are refreshed once a week and fresh towels will be provided daily. Private bathrooms are not available so we suggest bedroom slippers and perhaps, shower shoes. Please see the suggested packing list with additional recommendations from HERS Bryn Mawr Alumnae.
Most meals are served in the nearby, historical Wyndham Alumnae House. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served during the week; we offer a few free nights for participants to eat dinner on their own or with new friends and colleagues. We recess Friday afternoon and reconvene on Sunday. This allows you to explore the lovely and historic Philadelphia area, which is only a 20 – 30 minute train ride away. Food allergies and other meal accommodations are available and addressed prior to participants’ arrival at the Institute.
Laundry facilities are located on every floor of the New Dorm (formerly Haffner Hall).
Residence Hall Policies:
- HERS does not pay for meals or accommodations for early arrivals or late departures.
- There are no facilities for spouses or partners, families, guests, or pets.
- Smoking is prohibited in all residence halls and at the main entrances to all campus buildings.
Transportation & Parking
Whether participants are commuting to the Bryn Mawr, PA area via car, train, bus or plane, please CLICK HERE for detailed information.
If participants commute via car, free parking is available on the Bryn Mawr College campus. Many participants who fly into Philadelphia International Airport share transportation into Bryn Mawr. Further instructions are provided to participants prior to the start of the Institute on organizing ride sharing.
Most participants bring laptops and/or tablets to the Institute. Wireless Internet access is available on the Bryn Mawr College campus as well as in the residence hall. Login instructions will be distributed upon arrival at the Institute. Prior to arrival on campus, please make sure that your device is configured for wireless access.
HERS respectfully requests that all cell phones be silenced during Institute sessions and activities.
The HERS Institute at Bryn Mawr College is a two-week, concentrated immersion curriculum presented during June or July. Once accepted, the preliminary schedules are distributed to the respective cohort that details the days’ classes, assigned readings, faculty, and activities.
Generally, dress is informal during the Institute; however, please bring business or business casual attire for the opening/closing events and the group photo. We encourage participants to be comfortable and mindful of weather variations and classroom temperatures regarding dress.
Local Information and Recreation
Bryn Mawr is at the center of several historical townships developed in the 19th century along the Pennsylvania railroad, known as the Main Line. The community of Bryn Mawr, a five-minute walk from campus, is a dynamic area with restaurants, coffee shops, boutique shopping, and a movie theatre. Additionally, Philadelphia, New York City, and Washington, D.C., are all easily accessed by rail.
For more information on Philadelphia and the surrounding areas, please use the following link: http://www.phillyfunguide.com/.
During their stay on the Bryn Mawr campus, participants have complimentary access to the Bern Schwartz Fitness and Athletic Center http://athletics.brynmawr.edu/information/facilities/index. Many participants also take advantage of the numerous walking paths on campus and in the surrounding neighborhoods.
“It's hard to know until one actually goes through this experience how truly wonderful it is. The learning experiences were superb and the friendships and networking were profoundly satisfying.”
“HERS was an absolutely fabulous experience. I feel much more confident in my skills and abilities - in fact, I see my skills and abilities differently because so many participants have reacted to me in ways that surprise me and have let me see a side of myself I had not truly recognized before. ”