A program intended to train coeds on running for campus government -- thereby whetting their appetites for future political runs -- is coming to a local community college.
“Elect Her--Campus Women Win,” will be held March 17 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Mt. San Jacinto College/Menifee Campus room 805, 28237 La Peidra Road. The free event is designed to encourage and prepare young women to run for campus leadership positions, according to MSJC spokesperson Karin Marriott.
The program represents a collaboration between Running Start, and the American Association of University Women and addresses the disparity between the high percentage of women in colleges and universities and a low representation in student government, according to event organizers.
"Women have so much to offer society and it's important to bring balance to historically male-dominated fields, like politics," Marriott told Patch
"Young women, in particular, need to be encouraged to enter those fields boldly and with confidence," she added.
"Elect Her--Campus Women Win," began in 2006 -- then it was called "Campaign College" -- because although at the time 64 percent of college students were women, only 18 percent held office, according to Marriott.
After the program began, women’s representation increased significantly and AAUW took the lead on the "Elect Her" expansion in 2010, Marriott said.
For the MSJC presentation, Menifee Councilwoman will be the Keynote speaker.
MSJC is one of 30 colleges nationwide and in Jamaica that will present the program, according to organizers. For the third consecutive year, Mt. San Jacinto College is the only California community college to be selected for the "Elect Her" workshop, Marriott said.
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