Elect Her: UAlbany Women Win!

UAlbany “Elect Her” Training Targets Political Imbalance

Registration is now open for the 2017 Elect Her: UAlbany Women Win training, which will be held on Sunday, March 5, 2017 from 12:00-4:30pm in Campus Center 375.

UAlbany is one of fifty college and university campuses to host Elect Her sessions during the 2016-2017 academic year in partnership with Running Start.  Elect Her is the only program in the country that encourages and trains college women to run for student government and future political office while addressing the need to expand the pipeline to women running for office.

A one-day training, Elect Her will prepare students of all majors for positions of leadership in student government, student organizations, elected office, and the workforce. Participants will learn how to mobilize a constituency, craft a message, speak and present confidently as a candidate, and network with inspiring local leaders.  Students do not need to currently hold any formal or informal leadership positions or be involved in student organizations and both undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to attend.

Participants will practice hands-on campaign skills, hear from inspiring local speakers, and discuss research on women in government. 100% of Elect Her attendees at UAlbany in 2016 reported that they would recommend Elect Her: Campus Women Win to a friend!

Speakers include:

See pictures from the January 2016 event!

See pictures from the January 2015 event!


Please register via MyInvolvement.

Students do not need to currently hold any formal or informal leadership positions or be currently involved in student organizations. Both undergraduate and graduate students from UAlbany and local colleges/universities are welcome to attend. The program runs from 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For more information, please email electher@albany.edu.

Sponsored by the Center for Leadership and Service, Division of Student Affairs.

Why Student Government?

Women hold only a small fraction of elected offices in the United States. Engaging women in politics and electing them to office earlier in life is the key to strengthening and increasing women’s representation in government. Many of the campuses who apply for Elect Her show a disparity between the number of women and men serving in prominent leadership roles on campus. An important part of encouraging young women to step up and lead starts with participation in student government.

Elect Her: Campus Women Win is part of the Elect Her Initiative, a continuum of programming aimed at building the pipeline for young women running for office.

Elect Her: Campus Women Win, then called Campaign College, began in 2006 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 their national network of branches and college/university partners to maximize the reach of the program.

About Melissa Richmond:

Melissa Richmond is Vice President of Running Start, a Washington, DC based nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that trains young women to run for political office. Melissa oversees Running Start’s five programs that train more than 2,500 young women from around the United States to run for office each year. In addition, Melissa regularly speaks to outside and international groups about the importance of getting more women into elected office. Melissa has conducted trainings in more than 15 states and in Jamaica, Mexico, Sierra Leone, and Tunisia at the invitation of the UNDP and the State Department.

Prior to joining Running Start, Melissa worked for Governor Mitt Romney over the course of ten years, in the statehouse when he was Governor of Massachusetts, on both of his Political Action Committees, on his 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns, most notably as Director of Donor Relations, and on the SuperPAC that supported his second presidential run. Melissa graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in political science, the George Washington University Law School, and the Women’s Campaign School at Yale. She was recently elected to serve as an Alternate Delegate to the 2016 Republican National Convention and serves on several boards. Melissa lives in Arlington, Virginia with her rescued dog, Lady.