First $tart $mart Workshop Held in Oregon

May 31, 2011

Eighteen senior women students from Chemeketa Community College, Western Oregon University, and Willamette University participated in a $tart $mart salary negotiation workshop on April 29, 2011. This was the first one to be held in the state of Oregon.

The three-hour workshop began with information about the wage gap and its consequences, such as the cumulative loss of wages over time. Next, the students learned how to benchmark a salary. This included resources for finding the salary ranges for future jobs. The facilitator, former AAUW of Oregon President and current AAUW Leadership Corps member Mardy Stevens, worked with the group using a predetermined job title and guided them through developing a budget and calculating a minimally acceptable salary for that job title. The third part of the workshop included information about the basics of salary negotiation including tactics, strategies, and what kind of language to use. Finally, the students participated in a role-playing exercise during which they practiced the negotiation skills and strategies they learned. The workshop was very well received by the student participants. The vast majority of them agreed that they would recommend this workshop to a friend.

The AAUW Salem (OR) Branch received a $600 grant from the AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund Campus Outreach Grant to organize and carry out this workshop, which was organized by four members of the branch. The organizers also represented the three campuses: Dolores Mlynarczyk and Rebecca Miller-Moe from Willamette University, Lana Tuss from Chemeketa Community College, and Mary Ellen Dello Stritto from Western Oregon University.

This post was written by AAUW of Oregon Vice President for Programs Mary Ellen Dello Stritto.

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