On lucky St. Patty’s day, Mount Saint Jacinto College (MSJC) hosted its third annual Elect Her—Campus Women Win training. Despite some foreboding rain and wind, nearly 40 women (and a few men!) came out to learn more about political leadership and running for student government positions on their campus.
Elect Her’s only community college training site, MSJC students brought to the table a host of unique concerns when considering pursuing leadership positions on their campus. Many students had a number of other obligations to consider, like a family or job, when weighing their options in considering running for a leadership position. Students on the student elected officials panel provided helpful advice to their peers on how to navigate balancing a number of obligations while continuing to develop leadership experience.
Menifee City Councilwoman Darcy Kuenzi provided the inspiration of the day, shedding light on what it is actually like to be an elected official and to run for office. Councilwoman Kuenzi cited a number of ways in which she experienced sexism during her career, from questions about whether she could manage the demanding job of an elected official while being a mother, to the over all sense that for women breaking into a male-dominated political world, you simply have to be twice as good to get half as far. She commended the students at the training for considering these issues at such a young age.
Our media expert. Director of Public Information and Marketing at MSJC, Karin Marriott, focused on how to craft and communicate an effective message, highlighting the importance of remembering “media math:” when conveying a message, you can deliver three points three times and reasonably expect your audience to remember one of them. “So, be concise, be clear, and repeat,” she emphasized.
In the final exercise of the day, our campaign simulation, student Ana Moreno showed off her ruthless campaigning skills, forming a team and bringing in the most votes by far with the help of a campaign team she recruited. All in all, it was an incredible and inspiring day at MSJC. I looking forward seeing many of the MSJC women I met run for leadership positions on their campus this spring!
This Elect Her–Campus Women Win training is sponsored by the Mooneen Lecce Giving Circle. This post was written by Running Start Program Director Allison Dunatchik.