Yale to Host Women's Campaign School, June 14-18

With Election 2000 in the air and on the airwaves, the internationally recognized Women’s Campaign School (WCS) will hold its seventh annual political training session from June 14 to 18 at Yale University.

WCS helps women who are contemplating running for elected office or pursuing other campaign-related endeavors through a non-partisan training program comprising lectures, seminars, role-playing, mock campaigns and case studies. It is part of the school’s mission to promote the political empowerment of women throughout the nation and the world, with a particular emphasis on emerging democracies.

The five-day session, which is held on the Yale campus, follows the typical campaign time line, from the decision to run for office through what to do on Election Day. Other topics include fundraising, scheduling, polling and research, public speaking, ethics and maintaining political websites. All students receive personal TV training. The training session ends with a mock campaign at which students have the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.

Professionals in the political arena serve as instructors. These include public relations specialists, campaign consultants, pollsters, fundraisers and elected officials. Among the many notables on this year’s roster are the syndicated humorist and popular television personality Regina Barreca, political pollster and television pundit Jeffrey Pollock, editor of Campaigns and Elections magazine and political consultant on CNN Ron Faucheux, New York Times reporter Jill Abramson and U.S. Representative from the Connecticut Sixth District Nancy Johnson.

Members of the Board of Directors regularly attend sessions, providing students with unique networking opportunities. Distinguished members of the board include former U.S. Representative Susan Molinari, New York-based political consultant Chrystine Letagano and U.S. Representative from the Connecticut Third District Rosa DeLauro.

Students have traditionally come from a broad cross section of the United States, with representation from many lands, Japan, Kenya, Indonesia, the Barbados, Austria and Haiti among them.

Susan Bysiewicz, who is Connecticut Secretary of State and a frequent guest speaker, says, “The Women’s Campaign School is a wonderful resource for people who want to make a difference and get involved in governing their city, state and country.”

In addition to classroom instruction by campaign consultants, the tuition charge of $750 covers all meals, the personal video training and a custom-designed campaign manual. Students needing accommodations are eligible for special discounts at hotels convenient to the Yale campus.

Enrollment is limited to 50 students, so those wishing to participate are urged to sign up as soon as possible.

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