The University of New Mexico Southwest Hispanic Research Institute (SHRI) presents, "Ready to Run: A 'How-To' Training for Public Life," on Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13 at the UNM Student Union Building. The cost is $50, which includes meals and all conference materials.

Ready to Run is a bipartisan program for women who want to run for office, seek higher office, work on a campaign, get appointed to office or learn more about the political system.

SHRI Director Christine Sierra said, "Research shows that women make government more transparent, inclusive and accessible, but too few women serve." In 2012, only 17 percent of the U.S. Congress was female, and women held only 27.7 percent of state legislative seats in New Mexico.

Ready to Run offers a "one stop" training on running for office or getting involved in public life. Participants can learn from prominent elected and appointed leaders, campaign consultants, party officials and policy experts.

"Research shows that political women change the public policy agenda and the way government works. Women make our democracy more inclusive and more responsive to the concerns of all citizens," Sierra said.

For a full schedule of events and to register, visit SHRI.