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Sunday, January 29, 2017
What is Elect Her: Aggie Women Win?
Three years ago, Texas A&M University was selected as one of only 50 host sites for Elect Her–Campus Women Win, the only program in the country that encourages and trains college women to run for student government and future political office. Elect Her addresses the need to expand the pipeline for women running for office and to diminish the longstanding political leadership gender gap. This one day workshop allows Aggie women to engage in conversations about how to develop a message, connect with constituents, and learn from dynamic speakers about the ins and outs of the campaign trail. Past Elect Her speakers include Rep. Sarah Davis (R - Houston) and Rep. Ina Minjarez (D - San Antonio) of the Texas House of Representatives.
Why is Elect Her Necessary on our Campus?
This incredibly important opportunity is vital for our campus in order to increase the number of women in the Texas A&M Student Government Association and at all levels of government. For the last several years, the percentage of women in Student Senate, the Texas State Legislature, and in the U.S. Congress has remained in the high teens to low 20s. We are very excited to say that for the first time in 15 years, there is a female student body president at Texas A&M University, Ms. Hannah Wimberly! Ms. Wimberly, the Senior Class President, and the Sophomore Class President are all Elect Her Alumnae. Research shows that engaging in leadership opportunities at an early age is vital to a woman’s overall political success. When the American University’s Women & Politics Institute surveyed women serving in the U.S. Congress, they found that over 53% of the congresswomen served in student government in high school, college, or both. Elect Her addresses these issues and establishes a pipeline for women in politics. 98% of the 2016 Elect Her class felt that the workshop positively impacted their decision to run for office in the future, and 100% said that they would recommend the workshop to a friend.
What Does an Elect Her Workshop Look Like?
Elect Her is a one-day training typically held on the last Sunday of January. Campus administrators, students, and local AAUW members collaborate with AAUW and Running Start staff to plan the trainings each year. Participants practice hands-on campaign skills, hear from inspiring local speakers, and discuss research on women in government.
How Are Students Admitted to an Elect Her Workshop?
Students are admitted to the Elect Her: Aggie Women Win Workshop through two mechanisms.
Any Texas A&M University faculty or staff member, former student, or Elect Her Alumnae may nominate female students for the Elect Her Workshop. If a nominated student accepts their nomination, they are automatically registered for the workshop. Nominations are due on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 by 5:00 pm. All nominators will be notified regarding the status of their nominated student's registration on Tuesday, January 24, 2017.
Nominated students must complete an online registration form to accept their nomination. Individuals who have been nominated for Elect Her will be notified via email of their nomination and be provided a link to online registration. Nominated students must register online no later than 12:00 pm on Wednesday, January 25, 2017.
All Texas A&M University female students are welcomed to apply for admission into the Elect Her Workshop. Paper applications can be dropped of at the Student Life 1 Building (#0070) at Student Services @ White Creek Monday - Friday between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm with the exception of University holidays. Applications are due no later than 12:00 pm on Wednesday, January 25, 2017.
If you have any questions about applying or registering for Elect Her, please contact Heather Wheeler, Program Coordinator of the Women's Resource Center, at email@example.com or 979.845.8784.
|October 31, 2016||Application & Nomination Forms Online|
|January 24, 2017||Nominations Due|
|January 25, 2017||Applications & Nominated Student Registrations Due|
|January 25, 2017||Students & Nominators Notified of Acceptance|
|January 29, 2017||Elect Her: Aggie Women Win Workshop|