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Stride: A Campaign School to Support Women and Non-Binary Students in Student Governance

The Students’ Union at the University of Alberta is pleased to offer Stride, a campaign school aimed at encouraging greater participation/involvement of non-binary individuals and women from all backgrounds – race, ethnicity, Indigeneity, sexuality, and ability - in student governance. The program equips participants with the knowledge, skills, and network to run for a variety of student government positions and make meaningful change on campus.

Stride will provide women and non-binary undergraduates with the knowledge and support they need to feel confident getting involved in governance at the University of Alberta and running for elected office on campus. The program will address challenges and opportunities that individuals from under-represented groups in student governance face, while giving participants the tools and resources necessary to overcome them.

Although, 56% of undergraduate students at the University of Alberta are women, between 2005 and 2016 women have held only 30% of council seats and have made up only 25.5% of the 102 candidates running for executive elections. Research on the experiences of non-binary students in student elections is slim , but we know that representation here is not what it should be. While there are many reasons for this imbalance, Identity Matters, a survey conducted by the Students’ Union, found that women were more likely to feel inadequate or ill-prepared for leadership positions on campus, compared to men.

Starting September 27th through February 7, Stride will engage up to 30 students who are interested in getting involved in student governance. This cohort will receive rigorous preparation for running as or supporting candidates in future elections. Stride will also feature presentations from notable leaders on skill development and networking strategies. For the 2018/2019 Cohort, session dates will be:

  • Thursday, September 27 (5:00PM-8:00PM)
  • Thursday, October 4 (5:00PM-8:00PM)
  • Saturday, October 13 (10:00AM-5:00PM)
  • Thursday, November 1 (5:00PM-8:00PM)
  • Thursday, November 29 (5:00PM-8:00PM)
  • Thursday, January 17 (5:00PM-8:00PM)
  • Thursday, February 7 (5:00PM-8:00PM)

Stride strives to be an inclusive program for as many students as possible and acknowledges that various barriers exist to getting involved. Because of this, we affirm that our sessions are child-friendly spaces, that we are deeply cognizant of dietary restrictions, and that we try to adapt to our participants’ needs and feedback. Stride is also a free program for undergraduate students. While we welcome graduate students participation in the program, we offer it to them at cost.

Applications for the 2018/2019 Cohort now open!

Stride aims to give the knowledge and the community necessary to empower more non-binary students and women to get involved in decision making at the University of Alberta.

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