By Katie Smith, A&E Editor
Female students will learn how to navigate the difficult real-world task of salary negotiations during a training session being put on as part of Newman’s celebration of Women’s History Month.
The Department of Student Life and Student Government Association have teamed up to put on the training, which is provided by the American Association of University Women. The training will happen on Wednesday.
“It is no secret that women make about 77 cents to every man’s dollar. Then, when you look at women of color, the gap is even more significant than that,” said Joseph Shepard, director of Multicultural Engagement and Campus Life. “We feel that this salary negotiation training is going to provide a resource to our students, specifically our students who are getting ready to graduate, to help educate them on, first of all not to accept the first offer that is given to them but also how to navigate negotiating an offer that is equitable.”
Shepard said that he believes this training will reflect the mission of Newman University to empower graduates to transform society.
“Newman is in such a unique state of transition, and I feel that what’s empowering for me is recognizing that we are truly taking our mission to heart as an institution...We feel that it is our job as an institution to help prepare our students to tackle those obstacles and to do so in a way that they are educated, but they are also empowered,” he said.
At this training, students, in particular female students, will learn how to navigate the salary gap. Men are also welcome to attend, Shepard said.
“This salary gap can’t be changed if we don’t understand how to make our voice heard,” said SGA senator, Martina Viale. “At the end of the day, Newman’s mission is to transform society and this event is certainly showing students how much they emphasize that aspect of the mission.”
Students who are interested in attending this free seminar are invited to RSVP via a link sent to each student in an email from the Student Life Office so that a spot and a meal, sponsored by SGA, will be saved for them. There are two different forms to fill out for each portion. The dinner portion of the evening will take place from 5:15 p.m. to 5:40 p.m. The seminar begins at 5:45 p.m. and will last until 7:45 p.m. The training will be in the Dugan-Gorges Conference Center.
PHOTO: Courtesy Photo, Newman facebook