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Program builds confidence for women to lead in student government

Loyola press release - February 21, 2011

For the second year in a row Loyola University New Orleans will host the training program, “Elect Her – Campus Women Win.” The session is Saturday, Feb. 26, from 10:30 a.m. –3 p.m. in the St. Charles Room in the Danna Student Center. It is free and open to Loyola students. A brief networking reception will follow. Lunch will be provided. Camille Whitworth, WDSU-TV news anchor and Kristin Gisleson Palmer, New Orleans City Councilwoman will be the keynote speakers.

Loyola is one of only 20 colleges from across the nation and Jamaica chosen to partner with the American Association of University Women and Running Start to offer this unique campus-based program that teaches women how to run for campus-based elective office. This year, the program will return to its nine original sites and will debut at 11 new campuses. Loyola was one of those original sites.

Currently, women hold just 17 percent of the seats in Congress and 24 percent of the seats in state legislatures. The “Elect Her” program is training a whole new generation of college women for running for office later in life.

Since 2007, AAUW and Running Start have collaborated to encourage college women to run for student government. Building on those successes, the organizations developed and initiated the “Elect Her” program last year, and the effort is already showing results. From the nine campus sites surveyed in 2010, participant evaluations indicate nearly double the amount of women students are interested in running for student government or political office once they graduate.

For more information, contact Karen Reichard, director of the Women’s Resource Center at Reichard@loyno.edu. To learn more about "Elect Her," please visit: http://www.aauw.org/learn/LeadershipPrograms/electHer.cfm.