Workshop Helps Train Women for Student Government

The Menifee Valley Campus of Mt. San Jacinto College will host a program to train college women to run effective campaigns for student gover...

The Menifee Valley Campus of Mt. San Jacinto College will host a program to train college women to run effective campaigns for student government and future office.

The event, part of the nationwide "Elect Her" program, will be held Saturday, March 16 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. MSJC will host the workshop for the fourth year. It remains the only two-year college in California to be selected as a host school for this event.

"Thanks in part to training programs like Elect Her, we’re seeing some progress in women’s leadership and representation. A record-breaking 154 women have received party nominations for U.S. House races this year,” said Linda D. Hallman, CAE, esecutive director of the American Association of University Women. “By encouraging and supporting more women to be leaders on their own campuses, we are helping to set them on a path for success in leadership roles after college.”

“We are thrilled to launch our fourth year of Elect Her trainings. We’ve added more sites each year, and I am impressed by the college women leaders we meet around the country,” said Running Start Executive Director Jessica Grounds. “Running Start and AAUW are certain that these women will leave inspired to lead on their campuses and beyond.”

Since 2008, AAUW and Running Start have collaborated to encourage college women to run for student government. Building on those successes, the organizations initiated the "Elect Her–Campus Women Win" training program in 2010, and the effort is already showing results for college women. The full list of participating schools is available on the AAUW website.

Running Start, which is dedicated to educating and inspiring young women to participate in politics and run for office, works directly with high school, college, and young professional women to encourage them to think of themselves as political leaders.

The event will be held in room 805 on the MSJC campus. For more information, visit www.electher2013.eventbrite.com or contact Katie Broendel, broendelk@aauw.org or 202-785-7761.

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