Elect Her in Alabama, South Carolina, Washington, and WyomingMarch 03, 2011
Elect Her–Campus Women Win encourages and trains young women to run for student government. Here are some highlights from recent events at the the University of Alabama, Coastal Carolina University, Western Washington University, and the University of Wyoming.
Pamela O’Leary, executive director of the Public Leadership Education Network, facilitated the training at the University of Wyoming, which featured Wyoming Democratic Party Communications Director Brianna Jones, who served as a school senator in her time at UW. Jones shared great insight into how her student government experience led her to a professional career in politics.
Kate Farrar, director of Leadership Programs at AAUW, reports that one of the most inspiring moments during the University of Alabama training was hearing from Mountain Brook Councilwoman Amy Carter, who never thought of herself as a public official, having been a stay-at-home mom for years. It took several friends asking her to run to really make her think about being a candidate.
Julie Daniels, political programs director for the Women’s Campaign Forum, writes that the Coastal Carolina University training started with a great introduction from Natasha Hanna, a university board of trustee member and CCU alumna. She encouraged students to run for office “not only because they are women but because they are smart, intelligent, and dedicated women.”
Danielle Howard, assistant director of educational programs and foundation coordinator at NASPA, reports that communications professional Anne Martens joined the Western Washington University group to lead a discussion about campaign speeches. She told the women, “Having a catchy tagline isn’t everything.” Martens described why your 15-second speech should make a statement about what you stand for, not just want sounds catchy.
And congratulations to the winners of the campaign simulations: Maria del Rosario Corona Horta (Western Washington University), Crystalline Jones (University of Alabama), Meghan Kolf (University of Wyoming), and Chesley Wiseman (Coastal Carolina University).
This post was written by Leadership Programs Fellow Donnae Wahl.
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