Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015
Sage Hall 1210, UW Oshkosh
Participation is FREE.
Those who attend Elect Her may be eligible for a scholarship to attend the National Conference for College Women Leaders, courtesy of the Oshkosh Branch of the AAUW and the Office of the Chancellor at UW Oshkosh. You may also be eligible for the scholarship even if you can't attend Elect Her; please check for more information.
Do you have a student looking for leadership development opportunities? Nominate them to attend this training!
The 4.5-hour training covers skills such as how to mobilize a constituency, how to craft a message, and how to speak confidently and present oneself as a candidate. Outside experts and current and former student government officials speak to participants about their experiences and what they have learned from running for office. On many campuses, the training addresses the disparity between the high percentage of women in college and university student bodies and the low percentage of women in student government. The full training agenda is provided here.
Through Elect Her we want to provide more college women with leadership training, specifically the valuable experience of running for and serving on student government, because there is a clear connection between service in student government and future political service.
Guest Speakers Include...
Representative JoCasta Zamarripa was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She is a graduate of St. Joan Antida High School and holds a BFA from UW-Milwaukee, 2005. Prior to her candidacy for the 8th Assembly District, Representative Zamarripa worked as a community outreach coordinator for Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin.
She was also active in the 9 to 5 National Association of Working Women, served as board secretary for 9 to 5 Milwaukee, and was a board member for Equality Wisconsin (formerly Center Advocates).
In November of 2010, JoCasta Zamarripa made history by becoming the first Latina to be elected to the Wisconsin Legislature. She was reelected to her second term in November of 2012 and was elected Democratic Caucus Vice-Chair.
Dr. Jennifer Considine, Assistant Professor
Speaking as our Communications Expert, Dr. Considine joins us for her second year of speaking at an Elect Her! training for UW Oshkosh.
Sara Blanco is the Director of Operations at Running Start, a nonpartisan nonprofit that trains young women to run for office. She graduated from Swarthmore College in 2012 with a degree in English Literature and a minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies. She has always been interested in women’s empowerment and has become especially passionate about women’s political leadership since joining the Running Start team. Sara began at Running Start as an intern in September 2012, was hired as the Operations Manager in June 2013, and became the Director of Operations in July 2014. With Running Start, she has had the opportunity to speak to audiences large and small about women in politics and appreciates the small nonprofit experience of wearing many hats and doing every kind of work. She continues to live in her hometown of Arlington, Virginia, enjoying the adventure of DC life and working to bring young women to politics. Sara is a member of the Women’s Information Network, the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network, and has co-written an unpublished novella.