LSU to Offer Elect Her – Campus Women Win Training
Program aims to increase the number of women running for office
BATON ROUGE – LSU was selected as one of 30 campus sites across the United States and Jamaica that will host Elect Her – Campus Women Win in 2012. Elect Her is the only nationwide program that trains collegiate women on how to run for and win student government elections.
The LSU Women’s Center, Student Government, Campus Life and the local American Association of University Women, or AAUW, are partnering to bring Elect Her to LSU’s campus on Saturday, Oct. 27. The event will be hosted by the Paul M. Hebert Law Center and will be held from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Registration is limited to 50 women and the registration deadline is Monday, Oct. 22.
“We are excited to have the opportunity to bring a program of this caliber to LSU’s campus,” said Summer Steib, director of the LSU Women’s Center. “Our goal is to recruit a diverse group of emerging leaders on campus and provide them with the tools needed to successfully run SG campaigns.”
Since 2008, AAUW and Running Start, a nonprofit organization that educates young women about the importance of politics and gives them the skills they need to be leaders, have worked together to encourage college women to run for student government positions. Building on their initial successes, the organizations launched the Elect Her – Campus Women Win training program in 2010, and the effort is already showing results for college women.
“We’re training women to bridge the gender leadership gap by starting early,” said AAUW Executive Director Linda D. Hallman. “By encouraging and supporting more women to be political leaders on their own campuses, we are helping to set them up for success in leadership roles later.”
“Running Start is proud to partner with AAUW in offering college women a leg up in running for student government,” said Running Start President and Founder Susannah Wellford Shakow. “Programs like Elect Her – Campus Women Win are a vital first step in making women feel comfortable with political power. We give college women the confidence, know-how, and practical skills they need to run and win in their schools. We hope their experience will encourage them to consider running for public offices when they graduate.”
For more information on Elect Her, please contact the LSU Women’s Center at 225-578-7563 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To register for Elect Her – Campus Women Win in 2012, visit http://appl027.lsu.edu/comp/surveyapp.nsf/MySurveys/4B70C3609879F20E86257A92007855F9?OpenDocument.
About the American Association of University Women
The American Association of University Women advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. Since 1881, AAUW has been one of the nation’s leading voices promoting education and equity for women and girls. AAUW has a nationwide network of more than 100,000 members and donors; 1,000 branches; and 500 college/university institutional partners. Since AAUW’s founding 130 years ago, members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day – educational, social, economic and political. AAUW’s commitment to educational equity is reflected in its public policy advocacy, community programs, leadership development, conventions and conferences, national partnerships, and international connections.
About Running Start
Running Start is a nonprofit organization that brings young women to politics so that they are knowledgeable about the process, invested in the outcome and interested in participating as elected leaders. Their programs educate young women and girls about the importance of politics and imbue them with the skills they need to be leaders so that they can get the “running start” they need to achieve greater political power. With an earlier start in politics, women will climb higher on the leadership ladder, allowing more women to share in the decision-making power of this country. Find out more at www.runningstartonline.org.