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Idaho State University ‘Elect Her’ training set Feb. 16

Posted February 2, 2012

Idaho State University has once again, through a competitive application process, been selected as a host site for the nationally acclaimed Elect Her training.  Elect Her – ISU Women Win, funded by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and Running Start, is a half-day training that teaches college women how to run for and win student government positions.

It is a unique workshop as Elect Her is the only program in the country that encourages and trains young women to run for student government positions at their colleges.  The training at ISU is scheduled from 4 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, in the Pond Student Union Salmon River Suite. Check-in begins at 3:30 pm, with the training beginning promptly at 4 p.m.

Elect Her - ISU Women Win is free and open to current ISU students, both men and women, as well as interested Southeast Idaho high school students. The Elect Her training will include dinner and a reception. Advance registration is required for participation.  Registration is available online at

Topics covered during the training will include:

• The Importance of Young Women Running for Office – Kate Farrar, AAUW

• Making an Impact – Sharon D. Parry, Idaho Falls City Council

• The Importance of Message – Brad Christensen, Ammon City Council

• The Nuts and Bolts of Running for ASISU

• Campaign Strategy

"We are honored and excited to be hosting Elect Her again this year," said Rebecca Morrow, director of the ISU Anderson Gender Resource Center and AAUW Pocatello Branch member. "The training really helps our students prepare to run, not only for positions in ASISU, but also for local, state and federal offices. It has been great to see the program develop and improve over these two years and we expect this year’s event to be even more productive and beneficial to our participants."

Currently, women hold just 17 percent of the seats in Congress and 24 percent of the seats in state legislatures. Elect Her: Campus Women Win is training a whole new generation of college women for running for office.

To learn more about Elect Her: Campus Women Win, please visit:

For more information about the ISU training, contact the Anderson Center at (208)-282-2805.


ABOUT AAUW: The American Association of University Women (AAUW) advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. Since 1881, AAUW has been one of the nation’s leading voices promoting education and equity for women and girls. AAUW has a nationwide network of more than 100,000 members and donors, 1,000 branches, and 500 college/university institutional partners. Since AAUW’s founding 130 years ago, members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political. AAUW’s commitment to educational equity is reflected in its public policy advocacy, community programs, leadership development, conventions and conferences, national partnerships, and international connections.


ABOUT RUNNING START: Running Start is a nonprofit organization that brings young women to politics so that they are knowledgeable about the process, invested in the outcome, and interested in participating as elected leaders. Our programs educate young women and girls about the importance of politics and imbue them with the skills they need to be leaders so that they can get the “running start” they need to achieve greater political power. Find out more at Running Start’s website.