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Contact: Christine Payton Feb. 26, 2009
(337) 482-6397, payton@louisiana.edu
A program called College Campaign is coming to UL Lafayette on March 7. Its purpose: to increase the numbers of young women running for student offices on their campuses. It is sponsored by the American Association of University Women (AAUW), the American University Women & Politics Institute (WPI), and the Running Start organization.

Campaign College is the only program in the nation to train college women to run for student government offices on their college campuses. During this intensive one-day training, participants learn how to assemble a campaign staff, develop and communicate an effective message, and how to reach out to the campus community upon victory.

The free program will be held at new Computer Science (ACTR) Hall, room 112 and will start at 11 a.m. It is open to all UL Lafayette students.

The program started in 2006 at American University to address a major imbalance: 62 percent of the student body was female, but women made up only 28 percent of the school’s student government. After Campaign College was instituted, women’s representation increased significantly. Studies show that when girls are involved in student government at the high school and college levels, they are more likely to continue their involvement with politics as adults.

“ AAUW is proud to work with our partners on this exciting new endeavor, especially in light of the resurgence of interest in elections by young people,” said AAUW Executive Director Linda D. Hallman, CAE. “AAUW is committed to developing women leaders and helping them break through the marble ceiling.”

Women now hold 16.8 percent of the seats in the House of Representatives and 17 percent of Senate seats. Each year, AAUW co-sponsors the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders, which gives college women the tools they need to take on leadership roles. AAUW also has a Student Advisory Council, which gives its members the opportunity to advise AAUW on student issues, serve as campus leaders, and help with the student leaders conference.

Running Start, which is dedicated to educating and inspiring young women to participate in politics and run for office, works directly with high school, college, and young professional women to encourage them to think of themselves as political leaders.

American University's Women & Politics Institute has trained almost 400 women from Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, giving them the skills necessary to run for public office.


About UL Lafayette
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is the second largest university in the state, with over 16,000 students. It ’s a public institution that awards bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. It includes diverse offerings from the humanities to scientific research and leads the nation in areas like computer science, biology and nursing. Its student-athletes – Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajuns – compete in NCAA Division I, the highest level of collegiate competition.

Document last revised Thursday, February 26, 2009 3:30 PM

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