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Loyola to host training program for women interested in running for office

February 12, 2010

Loyola University New Orleans is one of 10 colleges across the nation and Jamaica that will host Campaign College in 2010, a unique campus-based program that teaches women how to run for elective office.

The event takes place Saturday, Feb. 20, from 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m., in the Audubon Room of the Danna Student Center. The program includes lunch and will be followed by a reception at 4:30. Anyone interested in attending should RSVP by e-mail to campaign@loyno.edu or reichard@loyno.edu.

Campaign College is a collaboration of the American Association of University Women, American University’s Women & Politics Institute and Running Start, an organization that encourages women to run for political office. The program started in 2006 as a way to address 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.

In addition to Loyola, other institutions involved with Campaign College include Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho; Mt. San Jacinto College, Menifee Valley, Menifee, Calif.; Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Mich.; University of Connecticut, Storrs, Conn.; University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, Mass.; University of North Carolina, Wilmington, N.C.; University of Texas, Arlington, Texas; University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, Kingston, Jamaica; and Winthrop University, Rock Hill, S.C.

Campaign College at Loyola is a student-led event, supported by the Women’s Resource Center as a way to further its mission of helping to provide informational programming and advocacy.

“The Women’s Resource Center is proud of the efforts of our Loyola undergraduate students Kristen Lee and Lee Ann Moss who have led the initiative to bring this women’s leadership workshop to campus,” said Karen Reichard, Ph.D., WRC director. “The center remains committed to helping to empower our young women.”

To learn more about Campaign College, visit http://www.aauw.org/education/LeadershipPrograms/CampaignCollege.cfm. For more information on the WRC or to register, contact Reichard at 504-864-7880 or reichard@loyno.edu.

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