AAUW brings Elect Her workshop to Rockford University

Staff Report

On Saturday, April 2, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) will be holding a Elect Her workshop at Rockford University in Regents Hall, with check-in and a free breakfast from 9:30-10 a.m., and the workshop from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. with a free lunch provided.

Rockford University is one of the 50 colleges from across the nation and Jamaica that will host Elect her, a campus-based program that teaches women how to run for elective office in 2016. This program is a collaboration of (AAUW) and Running Start, and helps address the disparity between the amount of women in colleges and universities and their low representation in student government by encouraging women to run for camps leadership positions.

“We are delighted to have been selected as one of the 50 sites to host our first Elect Her Workshop,” said Donnette Tinsley, Director of the Jane Addams Center for Civic Engagement at Rockford University. “The opportunity to collaborate with AAUW and Running Start is an amazing experience that will empower our students to have greater self-confidence to consider running for a position within the Student Government Association and being involved in political office in the years to come.”

This program will over skills such as how to mobilize your constituency, how to craft your message, and how to speak and present yourself confidently. By encouraging more women to run for student government during their college years the hope of the program is that more women will be prepared to run for local, state and federal office candidacy. Students who reported running for student office after training through the program had a 78 percent success rate.

For more information about Elect Her visit aauw.org/what-we-do/campus-programs/elect-her-campus-women-win/ or facebook.com/electher.

To register for the event go to ruelecther.eventbrite.com.

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