One of the League’s priorities is to foster a more inclusive culture and increase the diversity of our organization and our leadership. To accomplish this, an LWVC Equity Task Force was formed at the 2018 LWV National Convention in Chicago. Our Equity Task Force and LWVC Board have decided to prioritize, at least initially, increasing the racial and age diversity of our Leagues, with plans to expand our work in the near future.
One of our first initiatives is to diversify delegate participation and have a more representative decision-making body at the 2019 LWVC Convention.
As part of this effort, the California State Board has set aside a scholarship fund to help reduce barriers for those who would otherwise be unable to attend Convention. We hope that these attendees will come as delegates, so that they may take a more active role in the proceedings. We have a limited amount of funding, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. We are accepting applications on a rolling basis.
February 15: Release applications
March 30: Application Deadline
April 15: Deadline to Notify recipients
April 30: Deadline for scholarship registrations
April 30: Deadline for Early Bird Fee and Room Block Reservations
Early May: League Webinar on Convention
May 30-June 2: Convention
Adena Ishii, LWV Berkeley, Albany, Emeryville President
LWVC Membership & Technology Manager
Has your League decided who will be a delegate for LWVC Convention? The number of delegates each League receives is determined by the LWVUS membership numbers on January 31. A League with 1-50 members receives two delegate spots (the president and one delegate). When membership reaches 51 voting members, the local League receives one additional delegate, then one additional delegate added for each additional 50 members. Please refer to the LWVC bylaws for more details about representation.
1-50 members = 1 delegate plus President
51-100 members = 2 delegates plus President
101-150 members = 3 delegates plus President
151-200 members = 4 delegates plus President
201-250 members = 5 delegates plus President
251-300 members = 6 delegates plus President
301-350 members = 7 delegates plus President
Registration for Convention will open no later than March 1. Early bird rates end on April 15, so plan accordingly!
What if my League doesn’t use all of the delegates allotted to us?
If you have delegate spots that your League will not be using, please contact us. There will be members who are not delegates for their own League, and would enjoy participating as a delegate for another League rather than a non-voting member.
Convention awards are a chance to highlight some of the extraordinary work your League has done during the past two years.
There are three award categories. Please click on the link of the award title to submit an award nomination:
- Engaging Underserved Communities – Award winners in this category will be selected for successfully demonstrating their ability to engage underrepresented communities (young people, low income Californians, new citizens, ethnic or other underrepresented groups) to become civically involved.
- Promoting League Visibility – Award winners in this category will be selected for effectively using either: 1) a broad range of communications platforms (online and mainstream) or, 2) a single platform, to create League visibility by reaching more voters, potential members, media and the public on state, national, and/or local issues.
- Making Democracy Stronger – Award winners in this category will be selected for effectively showcasing their work to effect change around a key issue that strengthens democracy in their community.
Leagues are welcome to submit as many applications as you’d like. Deadline for submitting a nomination is Friday, April 5. Questions? Contact Helen Hutchison.
Please mark your calendars for the next LWVC Convention in Pasadena, CA!
When: Friday, May 31 – Sunday, June 2
with add-on events on Thursday, May 30.
Where: Westin Pasadena Hotel, in Pasadena CA
More information to be added, so please check back often!