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Stride, A Program to Support Women and Non-Binary Students in Student Governance

The University of Alberta Students’ Union is pleased to offer Stride, a cohort program aimed at encouraging greater participation/involvement of women and non-binary individuals from all backgrounds – race, ethnicity, indigeneity, sexuality, and ability - in student governance. The program aims to equip 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 women and 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. While there are many reasons for this imbalance, 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.

In its inaugural year, Stride will run two cohorts, one in the Summer term and another in Fall/Winter. Each cohort will engage up to 25 students who are interested in getting involved in student governance. The Summer cohort is ideal for those who plan to run in a fall by-election, or have other commitments preventing them from Fall/Winter participation. Over the summer, the participants will meet monthly to get a crash course on all things governance and elections. They will have opportunity to interact and learn from women leaders in governance, develop a thorough understanding of the student governance processes, as well as develop connections with similarly inclined peers. The Fall/Winter cohort will be a more intensive eight-month opportunity. This cohort will receive rigorous preparation for running as or supporting candidates in the spring or future elections. Stride will also feature presentations from notable leaders on skill development and networking strategies.

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

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