A workshop hosted by the national “Elect Her-Campus Women Win” program is scheduled for Saturday, March 1 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. in the Student Union Building ballrooms A and B. Applications can be found on the event’s Facebook page.
Elect Her is the only program that trains college women to run for student government and future office, and is coming to the University of New Mexico for the first time in 2014. The American Association of University Women and Running Start recently announced the program’s 2014 expansion to 50 colleges and universities, including 17 new sites. Elect Her trainings, which first debuted on nine campuses, will take place in 27 states, the District of Columbia and Jamaica this year.
“We are so proud to have been selected as one of the Elect Her sites for 2014,” said Summer Little, director of the UNM Women’s Resource Center. “UNM has had many women student leaders over the years. Our goal with this program is to convince even more women students to participate in formal leadership positions both at UNM and at schools across New Mexico.”
While 20 women now serve in the U.S. Senate, an all-time high, women are still underrepresented at all levels of government. Likewise, among U.S. News & World Report’s top 50 colleges, men account for more than two-thirds of student government presidents even though nearly 60 percent of U.S. college students are women.
“We want women to see themselves as political leaders on campus, because that makes them more likely to continue on in public office after college,” said Kate Farrar, director of AAUW Campus Leadership Programs. “Our nation needs women leaders because they help change the conversation, whether it’s in student government, City Hall or Congress.
For more information about the program, visit Elect Her.