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Idaho State University chosen as one of 10 Campaign College sites in U.S. to train young women to run for political office

Posted November 24, 2009

Idaho State University has been selected as one of 10 Campaign College sites for 2010. Campaign College offers a day-long training that teaches college women how to run for and win student government positions at their schools.

Funded by the American Association of University Women (AAUW), the Women & Politics Institute and Running Start, this unique workshop leads the way in addressing the disparity between the high percentages of women in colleges and universities and the low representation of women in student government. Campaign College is the only program in the country that encourages and trains young women to run for student government positions on their college campuses.

ISU was chosen as one of the 2010 sites through a competitive application process. The application was submitted jointly by the following: Rebecca Morrow, Director of the Anderson Gender Resource Center and AAUW Pocatello Branch member; Shalene Summers, ASISU College of Education Senator; and Gena Cook, FYI Scholar and Women Involved in Leadership and Learning (WILL) Program participant. Other schools that will host 2010 Campaign College training include the University of Connecticut, University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth and the University of Texas at Arlington.

"Shalene, Gena and I are thrilled that ISU was chosen as a Campaign College site," Morrow said. "This program will help ISU students to prepare to run for not only positions in ASISU, but also for local, state and federal offices. The experience will also help prepare students for other leadership positions in their communities and professional lives after graduation."

More information regarding Campaign College can be found at www.aauw.org/education/LeadershipPrograms/CampaignCollege.cfm.

ISU's Campaign College will take place in February 2010 and will be open to current ISU students as well as to select Southeast Idaho high school students, on a competitive basis.  Applications will be available on the Anderson Center website at www.isu.edu/andersoncenter starting in December.

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