Denison Students Support Each Other to Run!
On February 2, 2013, Elect Her: Campus Women Win returned to the beautiful campus of Denison University for the second year in a row. Despite the falling snow, almost 40 women – and two of inspired men – turned out to listen, learn and network in support of each other, their campus and the issues that they care about most deeply.
The training kicked off with a spirited presentation from Nicole Ward, College and University Relations Chair for AAUW Ohio. Attendees also heard from Hannah Frank, President of the Denison Campus Governance Association (DCGA), and Student Senators Sarah Amthor and Kiara Simms. Each woman did an excellent job breaking down the elections process, offering practical campaign tips and giving examples of how they are leveraging their positions to have a positive impact on campus. Participants were particularly inspired by Sarah Amthor, who attended the first Elect Her: Denison Women Win last spring and used what she learned to run – and win – a seat in the Denison Senate.
A highlight of the training was the keynote delivered by Columbus Board of Education Member Ramona Reyes, formerly President of the Hispanic Chamber of Columbus and the first Latina to be first appointed and then elected to the Columbus school board. Ms. Reyes embodies the mission and the value of Elect Her: a graduate of The Ohio State University, she was active in student government, serving as President of Alpha Psi Lambda, the nation’s first and largest co-ed Latino fraternity, and a cabinet member with OSU’s Undergraduate Student Government. During her talk, Ms. Reyes also stressed the importance of having mentors, female and male, who have unselfishly provided guidance and opened doors that she could not open alone.
An early success story of this year’s training is Ana Morales. A member of Denison’s Elect Her Campus Team, Ana entered the training on the fence about running for DCGA President this spring. She, however, found strength and inspiration in every part of the day’s training. Ana not only won the campaign simulation, but left the training more convinced than ever that she should run, and that she can win!
This post was written by Tara Andrews, owner & CEO of Joy Full Coaching, LLC