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University of Wyoming Selected to Train Women Leaders


November 3, 2010 — Along with 10 other universities, the University of Wyoming was selected to host an Elect Her-Campus Women Win training in spring 2011.  

The American Association of University Women (AAUW), dedicated to breaking through barriers for women and girls, will host the Elect Her program with the ASUW student government.  

Elect Her, a collaboration between AAUW and Running Start, encourages and trains young women to run for student government leadership positions on their campuses. The day-long training offers college women strategies for campaigning, mobilizing a constituency, crafting messages and public speaking.

Throughout the training, outside experts and student government officials from UW will speak to UW participants about what they have learned from their student government experiences. The training will address the disparity between the high percentage of women in university student bodies and the generally low percentage of women in student government. After this spring's training, ASUW will receive Elect Her program materials so that UW can begin to institutionalize the program.

Liz Brown, current ASUW vice president and  Elect Her training coordinator, says, "ASUW and the UW officials who work with our student government are committed to teaching more UW women students the skills they need to have success while campaigning for public office."

Other campuses selected for this training are:  

Catholic University - Washington, D.C.
Coastal Carolina University - Conway, S.C.
Duke University - Durham, N.C.
Northern Illinois University - DeKalb, Ill.
Trinity University - Washington, D.C.
Pacific Lutheran University - Tacoma, Wash.
University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa, Ala.
University of Cincinnati - Cincinnati, Ohio        
Western Washington University - Bellingham, Wash.
Wright State University - Dayton, Ohio

For more information, e-mail Matt Caires, ASUW adviser, at caires@uwyo.edu.

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ASUW Vice President Liz Brown will be among those training women to serve in student government leadership positions.


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