Elect Her inspires women to reach for their dreams

SAMANTHA LUND

Editor in Chief

lundsr@plu.edu

Pacific Lutheran University was selected as one of 20 campuses nationwide to host this year’s Elect Her workshop series sponsored by the national American Association of University Women (AAUW). Elect Her, a collaboration between AAUW and Running Start, encourages and trains young women to run for student government on their campuses

The Elect Her initiative acknowledges the necessity to build the pipeline of women running for office in order to diminish the long-standing political leadership gender gap.

The initiative consists of a full continuum of programming to empower females from high school onward to view themselves as political candidates.

In all, the workshop aims to prepare young women for future political service and other leadership positions in their communities and in their professional lives.

The  Women’s Center and ASPLU are sponsoring the event this year.

With a focus on political participation as a venue for change, our goal for this training is to begin to increase the number of women who serve in on-campus leadership positions, and provide the tools and knowledge to successfully accomplish this. This initiative will bring together a diverse pool of female students and leading elected officials for a day of education and inspiration.

To attend, women from around campus were nominated by faculty and staff members such as professors, Resident Assistant Directors  and group leaders around campus.

Elect Her  will be held from 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. March 5, in the Scandinavian Cultural Center. There is a free catered lunch provided and active female politicians will be speaking. 🅼

Samantha Lund

Samantha Lund was the Editor in Chief at The Mast, a student-run newsroom within Pacific Lutheran University, in 2015-16. Lund created Mast Magazine in 2015 to give students a forum for long form news pieces. She could be found writing for Pacific Lutheran University's Marketing and Communication site plu.edu or interning at MOViN 92.9's morning talk show in Seattle. Other places to find her content include: Alaska Airlines blog and website, The News Tribune and The Bremerton Harald.

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