Tucson High students learn about politics

About 80 young women from Tucson High Magnet School participated in the Running and Winning Political Workshop Thursday.

The workshop, in its 11th year, introduces high school students to politics and encourages them to run for political office in the future by talking with elected officials. It is held at different schools each year for high school juniors and seniors.

The teens planned mock Senate campaigns, discussing topics that included immigration reform, climate change and the death penalty.

Also in attendance were nearly two dozen elected women from Pima County and the city of Tucson, discussing their campaigning successes, stresses and their reasons for entering elective politics.

The workshop was developed by the League of Women Voters Education Fund. Co-sponsors are the League of Women Voters of Greater Tucson, American Association of University Women Tucson Branch, AAUW Casas Adobes Branch, Pima County Tucson Women’s Commission and the University of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Info sessions planned for Cholla parents

Cholla High Magnet School will hold four information sessions next month for parents about the school’s college preparatory programs — the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program and AVID.

The IB program aims to provide a globally recognized curriculum with rigorous academics. It is paired with the AVID — Advancement Via Individual Determination — program, which involves time management skills, study habits and mentoring from a current college student.

The meetings will be at 6 p.m. at the following locations:

Oct. 1: Cholla High Magnet School, 2001 W. Starr Pass Blvd.

Oct. 15: Safford K-8 Magnet School, 200 E. 13th St.

Oct. 21: Pistor Middle School, 5455 S. Cardinal Ave.

Oct. 29: Cholla High Magnet School, 2001 W. Starr Pass Blvd.

For more information, go to chollachargers.org or email Kathryn.Jensen@tusd1.org

Bullying expert to give presentation at Loft

Author Emily Bazelon will discuss bullying at The Loft Cinema Oct. 1 as part of the Aurora Foundation of Southern Arizona’s second annual Thought Leader Speaker Series.

Bazelon is an investigative reporter, author, educator and expert on the social and legal facets of bullying. She is a senior editor at Slate, a contributing writer at The New York Times Magazine, and the Truman Capote Fellow for Creative Writing and Law at Yale Law School.

She will present findings from her new book, “Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy,” followed by 15 minutes of audience Q&A.

Bazelon’s new book examines the culture of bullying by describing the changing landscape of the problem through such media as the Internet. Her research allows Bazelon to define what bullying is and isn’t, paving the way to develop a discussion about appropriate intervention and dispelling persistent myths about the nature of bullying, including who bullies and why.

The Aurora Foundation of Southern Arizona emphasizes justice and equality for all people who experience functional limitations due to physical, mental, intellectual or other types of impairments.

Tickets for the event may be purchased online at: auroraemilybazelon-es2.eventbrite.com/

Early-bird tickets, available through Wednesday, are $25, and regular tickets are $35.

Fifty free tickets for students with ID are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The Loft is at 3233 E. Speedway.

Compiled by Alexis Huicochea. Contact Alexis at ahuicochea@azstarnet.com or 573-4175. On Twitter @AlexisHuicochea

Education writer for #ThisIsTucson. Mom of one.