by EMMA GABBERT, CSU Public Relations Assistant
The March RSO of the Month is IGNITE: Women in Politics at Minnesota State University, Mankato! We asked them questions and here are their responses!
What is your RSO?
Our RSO is IGNITE MNSU: Women in Politics.
What do you do, what makes you special, what do you have to offer?
We are a non-partisan group of women interested in politics. We are special because while there are a few political groups on campus, we are non-partisan and hold bi-weekly workshops with guest speakers, movies, and discussions about politics.
We realize that many people do not like to engage in politics because of disagreements or judgment, but if we don’t talk about politics, who will? It’s crucial for young women in college to get involved while they are learning about government and social issues in classes.
Do you have to apply, how selective are you, do you target a specific audience?
There is no application needed to attend workshops. Everyone in the campus community is welcome.
What is your ultimate goal?
Our ultimate goal is to empower women to engage in politics during and following their college careers. There is a large gap between men and women involved in the political arena, so our goal is to “ignite” a passion in students to get interested and engaged with politics. It can be intimidating, but equal representation is vital to an effective democracy.
How many members do you have?
We have seven executive board members and around 20 people that come to our workshops.
How many years have you been at the University?
This is our first year at Minnesota State University, Mankato! The President of Student Government and IGNITE MNSU, Anisa Omar, brought the organization to campus in the Fall of 2019.
What other universities have your organization?
IGNITE: Women in Politics currently has chapters in over 20 states throughout the country. There are currently over 10,000 members.
When and where are your meetings?
We host our workshops in the CSU every other week on Thursdays at 5 p.m. The room occasionally changes, but we update our social media regularly with our meeting details!
What are your social media handles?
Facebook: Ignite MNSU