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Idaho State University Campaign College Feb. 19 to empower students to run for office

Posted February 17, 2010

Idaho State University was selected as one of 10 Campaign College sites in the United States and will offer a day-long training Friday, Feb. 19, which teaches young women and men on how to run for and win student government positions at their schools.

The event will run from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Rendezvous Conference Suite in the Idaho State University Rendezvous Complex.

“We are very pleased with our turn out of about 40 women and men, including high school seniors from local high schools and Idaho State University students,” said Rebecca Morrow, event coordinator and director of the ISU Janet C. Anderson Gender Resource Center. “We’re also excited about our speakers, particularly our keynoter, Kelly Trumpbour head of Running Start, who has come all the way from Washington, D.C.

Trumpbour is an author and the senior director of Running Start (, an organization whose mission is to empower young women to run for political office. As one of the founding board members of this nonpartisan organization, she has had the opportunity to help develop programs for high school and college women who want to learn how a political campaign works and become future candidates.

As an author, Trumpbour’s book “Working at Interest Groups and Nonprofits” was praised by former White House Social Secretary under Jacqueline Kennedy, Letitia Baldrige, as “a walking primer of information, easy to read, and even inspiring in its message.” Trumpbour’s commentary on Running Start and young women’s unique role in politics has been featured in Redbook Magazine, Lifetime Television’s Election 2008 Hot Button, the Open Society Institute’s Audacious Ideas blog,,, and on Sirius and XM Satellite Radio.

Trumpbour will make several presentations during the day, including “The Importance of Young Women Running for Office” at 10:15 a.m., will run a campaign simulation exercise at 2:45 p.m. and introduce participants to the Campaign College’s online network at 3:45 p.m.

 American Falls Mayor Amy Wynn and American Falls Council Member Kristen Jensen will speak at the event’s luncheon at 12:15 p.m. in the College of Technology Culinary Arts Dining room. 

A variety of Associated Students of ISU current and former officers will speak or participate in panels.

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.

“This program will help ISU students to prepare to run for not only positions in ASISU, but also for local, state and federal offices,” Morrow said. “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

For more information, contact the Anderson Center at (208) 282-2805. A few registration spots were open as of Feb. 17.