Monday, June 8, 2009

Campaign College Promoted at AAUW’s Summer Conference

At the end of last week, AAUW hosted their annual National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) at the University of Maryland. At the conference, I participated in a workshop that introduced college women to Campaign College and encouraged them to bring the program to their campuses.

Campaign College is our one-day campaign training program that encourages college women to run for student government office and teaches them how to win. Last summer, the Women & Politics Institute partnered with AAUW and Running Start to bring Campaign College across the country. We successfully completed two pilot programs at Iowa State and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

At the workshop I talked about the history of Campaign College and my experiences running for student government office. I also talked about what a typical Campaign College training looks like. Workshop attendees also heard from Kate Farrar of AAUW and Kelly Keenan of Running Start about our partnership and the networking opportunities available through Campaign College. Kate also talked about the application process and what we look for in pilot schools.

We also heard from Maggie Luttrell and Mary Anne McDougall, our Student Liaisons at Iowa State and UL: Lafayette, respectively. They each talked about the highlights of Campaign College at their campuses and some of the challenges they faced.