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ELECT HER: Campus Women Win Conference

NMU is one of 39 colleges from across the nation and Jamaica that will host Elect Her—-Campus Women Win, a unique campus-based program that teaches women how to run for elective office in 2013. Elect Her-Campus Women Win, a collaboration of AAUW and Running Start, addresses the disparity between the high percentage of women in colleges and universities and their low representation in student government by encouraging women to run for campus leadership positions.

This daylong program covers skills such as how to mobilize your constituency, how to win debates, how to craft your message, and how to speak and present yourself confidently as a candidate. By encouraging more young women to run for student government during their college years, we are confident that we are preparing more women for local, state, and federal office candidacy. This year the conference will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2013 from 12:15-5:00 pm in Pioneer Rooms A and B in the University Center.

In 2012, AAUW and Running Start brought Elect Her to 30 schools across the nation and Jamaica. The 2013 trainings will expand the program to 12 new schools all over the country.

Elect Her--Campus Women Win, then called Campaign College, began in 2006 at American University to address a major imbalance: 62 percent of their student body was female, but women made up only 28 percent of the school's student government. After the program began, women's representation increased significantly. AAUW took the lead on Elect Her's expansion in 2010 to leverage our national network of branches and college/university partners to maximize the reach of the program.

To learn more about Elect Her--Campus Women Win, please visit http://www.aauw.org/learn/LeadershipPrograms/electHer.cfm

"NMU was one of the first 10 college campuses to host Elect Her in 2009", said Judy Puncochar, faculty liaison. "Join us for our fourth annual Elect Her event, a free tasty lunch by Simply Superior, and a fun afternoon of training in how to run a successful campaign." Contact Olivia Crawford (ocrawfor@nmu.edu) for additional information about signing up for this free event.