Elect Her draws MSJC students interested in running for office

Nearly 30 Mt. San Jacinto College students attended Elect Her held at the MSJC Menifee Valley Campus on Saturday, March 17, 2012. 
 
Mt. San Jacinto College was one of 30 colleges from across the nation and Jamaica to host Elect Her—Campus Women Win, a unique campus-based program that teaches women how to run for elective office. Elect Her—Campus Women Win, a collaboration of American Association of University Women and Running Start, addresses the disparity between the high percentage of women in colleges and universities and their low representation in student government by encouraging women to run for campus leadership positions. For the third consecutive year, Mt. San Jacinto College continues to be the only California community college to be selected for the Elect Her workshop.
 
Darcy Kuenzi, Menifee City Councilwoman, gave the keynote address. Members of the MSJC Student Government Association, including SGA President Daniel Tripp, provided attendees with an inside look at running for and holding a student government position.
 
Students learned the "nuts and bolts" of running a student government campaign, how to develop and communicate an effective message, how to reach their constituency and how to win a campaign.
 
Elect Her—Campus Women Win began in 2006 as Campaign College at American University to address a major imbalance: 62 percent of their student body was female, but women made up only 28 percent of the school’s student government. After the program began, women’s representation increased significantly. AAUW took the lead on Elect Her’s expansion in 2010 to leverage a national network of branches and college/university partners to maximize the reach of the program. By encouraging more young women to run for student government during their college years, the AAUW hopes to prepare more women for local, state, and federal office candidacy.
 
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Keynote speaker Darcy Kuenzi, a Menifee City Council member, shares her experiences in public office with MSJC students during the Elect Her event on March 17.
 
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Sandi Uhrig, MSJC’s interim Student Government Association advisor (far right),  leads a panel comprised of students who are members of MSJC’s SGA, in a discussion about running for college offices during the Elect Her event.