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Don’t let students graduate to a pay gap:

$tart $mart Ambassadors needed for UH Manoa outreach

Focusing their efforts on the UH Manoa campus, $tart $mart Ambassadors work to identify possible hosts for $tart $mart. Potential workshop hosts include professors, student service offices, and campus organizations. Ambassadors reach out to potential hosts to promote $tart $mart and encourage hosts to sponsor a workshop. Once hosts have expressed interest in sponsoring a workshop, ambassadors connect hosts with the $tart $m art Coordinator (AAUW – Honolulu Branch member Zakea Boeger) to begin planning workshops.Pay Gap Chart

$tart $mart workshops appeal to a variety of potential hosts, especially as they teach students budgeting, benchmarking, and negotiation skills. The responsibilities of workshop hosts are fairly minimal and straightforward. Workshop hosts are responsible for advertising $tart $mart to students and recruiting student participants (Sample advertising materials are available). Hosts must also provide a meeting space and print copies of the $tart $mart workbook for all workshop participants. The workshop lasts approximately 2 hours, but can easily broken up into 2-3 segments (such as over multiple class periods) if the host prefers. College Pay Gap Chart

Workshops like $tart $mart are essential to narrowing the gender pay gap.  AAUW’s 2012 research Graduating to a Pay Gap: The Earnings of Women and Men One Year after College Graduation investigates earning differentials between full-time male and female college graduates one year after graduation. Graduating to a Pay Gap showed that young women earned less than male colleagues, even when they majored in the same field and worked the same number of hours in the same or similar occupations. Not only does this contribute to the existing gender pay gap, young women earning less may also face greater difficulty paying back student loans. Through recruiting workshop hosts, $tart $mart Ambassadors are critical to combating the gender pay gap before it gets a chance to start!

Does the gender pay gap have you feeling fired up? Have some potential $tart $mart hosts in mind? Suggestions for potential workshops hosts at UH Manoa are welcomed and encouraged! Those with host ideas or who are interested in serving as $tart $mart Ambassadors can contact Zakea Boeger, $tart $mart Coordinator, at zakea@hawaii.edu.

Calling AAUW Start Smart Now Supporters: Workshop Recruiters Needed!

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Joanna Amberger, AAUW Honolulu Branch President, facilitates a $tart $mart workshop at the University of Hawaii, Manoa, Career Center.

Female graduates entering today’s workforce can expect to get fewer job offers, fewer promotions and get paid twenty-three percent less than their male counterparts. Less opportunity, fewer top jobs and less pay are financial realities our college graduates face as they enter the workforce.

AAUW Honolulu’s Start Smart Now workshops are addressing this inequity. On November 5th, AAUW-Honolulu partnered with the UH Manoa Career Center for a Start Smart Now workshop. Honolulu Branch President Joanna Amberger facilitated the program, engaging a room filled with students eager to learn, among other things:

  • How to quantify the market value of their education, skills, and experience
  • How to conduct objective market research and determine a fair target salary, and
  • How to create a strategic pitch and respond to salary offers

For continued program success, AAUW Honolulu needs volunteers to serve as Start Smart Now recruiters. Recruiters will help promote the program on the UH Manoa Campus, seeking out professors, campus organizations, and student service offices who might be interested in hosting Start Smart Now workshops. Our recruiters are essential to expanding and continuing the Start Smart Now series. Be a part of this valuable, local program.

Those interested in learning more about recruiting for the program can contact Start Smart Now Coordinator Zakea Boeger at zakea@hawaii.edu.