Wright State University’s Campus Action Project: Educating to End the Wage Gap

Wright State University, Dayton, OH


Learn, Negotiate, Succeed: Educating to End the Wage Gap


The Wright State University team expanded the campus’s existing educational efforts about salary negotiation and ending the wage gap. Their project, “Learn, Negotiate, Succeed: Educating to End the Wage Gap,” engaged student volunteers to lend their ideas, time, energy, and networks to the project while gaining content knowledge and job skills for their résumés and personal/professional lives.


The Wright State University Women’s Center and Career Services partnered to create and deliver their project, “Learn, Negotiate, Succeed: Educating to End the Wage Gap.” The project was conducted in three stages during the spring semester and was led by the student members of the CAP Team with support from the university staff and volunteer interns in the WSU Women’s Center.

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The first stage of the project involved an innovative print and social marketing campaign of original, university-specific materials. A new ad was posted across campus weekly for seven weeks.  Additional print materials included resources for residence hall bulletin boards and tabling materials for events in high-traffic areas of campus.

The second stage of the project involved a weekly speaker series in March.  The series featured successful and distinguished women in the campus and local communities who discussed how they have used the skills of negotiation to succeed in their respective fields.  The team capped off the speaker series with a $tart $mart Salary Negotiation workshop and an employer panel featuring HR representatives from area businesses and companies who discussed the importance of negotiation and what to expect in the interview process.

The third and final stage involved a $tart $mart workshop that was open to the campus community. The team invited employer partners to participate in the role-play activity of the workshop, and experienced one of the highest participation rates in a $tart $mart training since the school began offering them over three years ago.


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