Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

 

How is the LBJ Women's Campaign School different?
The LBJ Women's Campaign School utilizes the resources of a top 10 academic institution combined with the network of the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library to deliver a world-class curriculum for women leaders. This first-of-its-kind curriculum in Texas is bipartisan and issue neutral. We believe that when women of differing ideologies come together in the political arena, we can create lasting societal change.

Our program provides a combination of self work, high-impact mentorship, and masterclass learning. Research shows that those who participate in mentorship show an 88% productivity increase compared with 24% from training alone. That's why you will be individually matched with a mentor who will be with you at every step of this journey. This approach is unlike any in the nation.

Why should I attend?
The LBJ Women's Campaign School will give you all the tools you need to win. You will learn from the nation's top political experts, build a powerful network of women leaders, and gain the skills and confidence to take on any challenge. If you are serious about running for office or managing a campaign, apply today to bring your campaign to the next level.

When is cohort 2 of the LBJ Women's Campaign School?
All virtual events will be held 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. CT with the exception of the networking events, which will be held 7 p.m.-8 p.m. CT.

  • April 17, 2021: Opening ceremony and orientation for the new class
  • April 24, 2021: Class 1
  • May 18, 2021—7 p.m. CT: Evening virtual networking event
  • May 29, 2021: Class 2
  • June 22, 2021—7 p.m. CT: Evening Virtual Networking Event
  • June 26, 2021: Class 3
  • July 24, 2021: Class 4
  • Aug. 17, 2021—7 p.m. CT: Evening virtual networking event
  • Aug. 21, 2021: Class 5
  • Sept. 25, 2021: Class 6
  • Oct. 9, 2021: Class 7
  • Nov. 13, 2021: Family training and closing ceremony

Is your program bipartisan?
Yes. We believe that to promote greater understanding and empathy democracy needs more spaces for bipartisan learning. We are fiercely committed to this principle and believe that great learning happens when you are around people with different views from your own. We ensure that people of both major political parties are involved in our advisory board and faculty, and recruit participants from a range of ideologies.

Is the LBJ Women's Campaign School only for those who identify as women?
No. The LBJ Women's Campaign School is an inclusive training program with a curriculum geared toward helping communities that are traditionally excluded from the public sphere. People of all gender identities are encouraged to apply.

How much time per month should I set aside for LBJ WCS programming?
You should plan on setting aside four to eight hours per month for the program. Class sessions are 2.5 hours, mentor sessions are one hour, plus networking sessions and homework.

Will I receive academic credit for participating?
No. The purpose of this training program is professional development.

Am I required to participate in full?
Yes, your participation is heavily subsidized by the philanthropic generosity of our sponsors. If you accept a place in our program, you are required to participate in full.

 

Tuition Costs:

What is the cost to participate?

In-State Tuition: Thanks to the generosity of Texas Woman's University Center for Women in Politics & Public Policy, Texas residents are now eligible for full tuition grants. This means that the program is free for admitted Texans.

Out-of-State Tuition and Tuition for Full-Time Students: The cost to participate has been reduced from $950 to $750, thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and over 100 individual donors. We are proud to be offering this program below cost in order to create a democracy that is more equitable and just. By investing in women, we are investing in our communities. For out of state participants, we encourage women to fundraise for their tuition, and we also have scholarships available based on financial need. To apply for financial aid, please fill out the form on our website. If you have any questions please see our financial aid FAQ section under the "apply" tab or please contact Executive Director Amy Kroll at lbjwcs@austin.utexas.edu. We are here to help.

To see a few examples of how our inaugural class raised their tuition funds, check out Andrea's, Rachel's and Victoria's fundraisers.

Who is eligible for the full tuition grants from Texas Woman’s University?
To be eligible for the grants from Texas Woman's University you must be a Texas resident. Full-time undergraduate and graduate students are NOT eligible for this grant. If you are a Texas resident accepted to the LBJ Women's Campaign School, you will be asked to fill out a check request form, W-9 and a direct deposit form, and sign a letter of acceptance that designates the rules of the grant and that you accept them. If you have questions about your eligibility, please email Amy Kroll at lbjwcs@austin.utexas.edu.

Can I gain access to a computer to participate in the program?
Yes; Texas residents in need of a computer may receive funding for a computer based on financial need, thanks to the generosity of Texas Woman's University. The eligibility requirements for the computers are the same as for the full tuition grants from Texas Woman's University.

 

Qualifications:

What kind of experience is necessary for the program?
It is important that all participants have meaningful professional experience. This program is not designed for entry-level staff, but rather for those who are ready to run or serve as senior campaign staff in the next one to three years. We know that elected officials and senior campaign staff can come from a wide variety of backgrounds. We are looking for applicants with demonstrated leadership, a civic-minded outlook, a connection to their community and strong communication skills.

Is a college degree a requirement of the program?
No. However, the application is highly selective, so applicants must demonstrate meaningful experience.

Is there an application fee?
No. There is no application fee.

 

Application and Selection:

What is required in the application?
Applicants must submit the application form via the web platform, including one letter of support for your future campaign or your goal of becoming a campaign manager. We ask you to share your story (written or via video), goals, diverse life experience, resume, connection to your community, and political experience.

What is a letter of support?
This is a letter that you will submit directly with your application, meaning you will see what the author has written about you. Please ensure that they cover the following topics:

  • In what capacity do you know the applicant?
  • Describe the applicant's commitment to public service.
  • Why would this person make an exceptional candidate or campaign manager?
  • This program is designed to build the capacity of women who plan to run for office or manage a campaign. What do you think they will gain from being in the program?
  • Describe the applicant's leadership ability. Has she been asked to make difficult decisions, inspire those around her, and manage many moving pieces at once?
  • Describe the applicant's communication skills. Is she an effective public speaker, storyteller or someone who clearly communicates ideas? Does she inspire others?
  • Describe the applicant's ability to work effectively with a team.

When are applications due and when will I be notified of admittance to the program?
Applications will close on March 15, 2021; applicants will be notified at the beginning of April.

 

Nominations:

Can I nominate a woman to apply?
No, we are not accepting nominations at this time. But please, write that one woman you know who should consider running for office and tell her about our program. Send her an email; here is a draft modified from our partners at She Should Run:

I heard about this program at The University of Texas at Austin called the LBJ Women's Campaign School and thought of you. I think you are (adjective) and I believe you have what it takes to make a difference in your community. I hope you will consider (running for office/ becoming a campaign manager). You have one vote already. Mine.

Your friend,
(Your name)