As with our herstory as a Women’s Center, we remain strongly committed in providing women’s resources to the students on campus.
This includes our continued support, resources, and programming around feminism, social justice, women empowerment, women leadership, mentorship opportunities, and more.
Women in Leadership
Women in Leadership are our monthly panels where we invite women within leadership roles to share about their experiences. Panelists are sourced from the local community and feature broad, diverse backgrounds.
Previous past panels include:
Mujeres in Leadership, Black Women in Leadership, LGBTQA+ Women in Leadership, Executive Women's Forum, Women in Activism, and more!
Lean In CSUSM
Taking inspiration from Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In book and TEDtalk, the WGEC is a partner and host to Lean In, CSUSM programming which features monthly discussion groups that focus on discussing how to empower women to achieve their ambitions and to work towards a diverse, equal world by fostering confident, resilient leaders. Lean In, CSUSM is a byproduct thanks to the hard work and efforts of Erika Venegas, a current CSUSM student.
AAUW Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop
Partnering with the Career Center, the Women and Gender Equity Center supports the free AAUW Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop here on campus to work toward eliminating the gender pay gap.
AAUW Start Smart is specifically designed to teach you how to negotiate salaries for a new job. In every two-hour workshop you’ll gain confidence in your negotiation style through facilitated discussion and role-play and learn
- How to identify and articulate your personal value
- How to develop an arsenal of persuasive responses and other strategies to use when negotiating
- How to conduct objective market research to benchmark a target salary and benefits
- About the pay gap, including its long-term consequences
Why is negotiation so important? AAUW’s research on the gender pay gap shows that, one year out of college, women are already paid significantly less than men — in 2009, women one year out of college who were working full time were paid, on average, just 82 percent of what their male peers were paid. And those lost potential earnings add up over a lifetime.
Women who negotiate increase their potential to earn higher salaries and better benefits packages. By negotiating fair and equitable salaries, you’ll be better able to pay off loans, buy the things you want and need, and even save (though it may seem like it’s far away) for retirement.
Students can register for the AAUW events via your Handshake account!