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Democracy Coach Returns To Campus For Civic-Engagement Workshop

Feb. 5, 2018
SHSU Media Contact: Emily Binetti


“Be actively engaged and get involved,” is the message of Nancy Bocskor who will be speaking to Sam Houston State University students on Feb. 19 and 20.  Bocskor, a specialist in women’s political leadership, fundraising and non-profits, will be hosted by the LEAP Center to speak to several political science classes, provide workshops to community groups and engage in small-group meetings on campus with young women.

Nicknamed a “Democracy Coach,” Bocskor has traveled throughout the United States and more than 25 countries to mentor and encourage young professionals. An internationally recognized educator, author and political fundraiser, Bocskor has worked with numerous congressional and presidential candidates, raising more than $100 million in her career.  More recently, Bocskor has travelled extensively abroad, promoting civic engagement among women in developing nations. 

In addition to these national and international connections, Bocskor has also had an impact closer to home.  In 2017, she mentored Megan Chapa and Jazmin Perez, who were selected as “Running Start” Fellows, allowing them to intern with female representatives on Capitol Hill.  Only seven students are chosen nationally, and it was the first time in Running Start’s history that two students were chosen from the same university.

Students will have an opportunity to hear Bocksor’s message of empowerment on Feb. 20 at 3:30 p.m.  Her presentation, which doubles as a workshop, will assess taking on risk, identifying and utilizing strengths, personal and brand marketing, fundraising and civic engagement.

Interested students can find more information or register for the event by contacting professor Mike Yawn by phone (294-1456) or email


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