Women's History Month

Elect Her

Elect Her November 16th

What is Elect Her? 

It's a daylong training for college women on how to run for student government. 

The Women and LGBT Center at SMU is proud to host Elect Her Campaign, a national, non-partisan program to encourage and train college women to run for student government and political office. During this one-day, 4-hour training, participants will learn and practice hands-on campaign skills, hear from inspiring speakers, and discuss research on women in government. The skills learned in this workshop, like networking and building an elevator speech, will transfer to many leadership opportunities throughout their life, not just student government.

Why is Elect Her Necessary on our Campus?

This incredibly important opportunity is vital for our campus in order to increase the number of women in SMU Student Senate and at all levels of government.  Research shows that engaging in leadership opportunities at an early age is vital to a woman’s overall political success. When the American University’s Women & Politics Institute surveyed women serving in the U.S. Congress, they found that over 53% of the congresswomen served in student government in high school, college, or both.  Elect Her addresses these issues and establishes a pipeline for women in politics.  98% of the 2016 Elect Her class felt that the workshop positively impacted their decision to run for office in the future, and 100% said that they would recommend the workshop to a friend.  

What Does an Elect Her Workshop Look Like?

Campus administrators, students, and Running Start staff to plan the training's each year. Participants practice hands-on campaign skills, hear from inspiring local speakers, and discuss research on women in government.  

 Elect Her breaks down barriers to women’s political leadership.

At Elect Her, participants:

  • Discuss the importance of women running for office.
  • Examine the issues they care about.
  • Map out their support networks.
  • Craft and deliver and elevator speeches.
  • Learn about campaign strategy.
  • Meet female role models who have run for office in their community.
  • Network with students who currently serve on their student government.

How are Students Selected to attend the Elect Her workshop at SMU?


Students can be nominate by any SMU faculty, staff member. Nominations are due by Friday, November 1st. All nominated students who wish to accept their nomination will be required to complete an online registration form to accept their nomination.  Individuals who have been nominated for Elect Her will be notified via email of their nomination and be provided a link to online registration.  Nominated students must register online no later than Friday, November 8th.


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All SMU students are welcomed to apply for admission into the Elect Her workshop.  Applications are due no later than Friday, November 8th. While the workshop is focused on increasing the number of women who run for political office, students of all genders are welcomed to attend. 

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If you have any questions about applying or registering for Elect Her, please email or call 214-768-4972.