COLUMBUS, Miss. – Talking about money in most situations usually can be a sensitive matter, but especially when it comes to salary negotiation.
The Columbus/MUW Branch of American Association of University Women (AAUW) is hosting $tart $mart workshops on campus this fall to teach students how to negotiate realistic and fair salaries.
The two $tart $mart negotiation workshops will provide students with the knowledge and skills to successfully negotiate their first professional salary and benefit package, according to Dr. Bonnie Oppenheimer. Role-playing, discussion and lecture will be a part of the sessions.
There will be two workshops offered this fall:
Free pizza will be served.
Studies have shown that multiple issues affect salary decisions, and for women there continues to be a pay gap between their male peers, possibly because men prove more willing to negotiate salaries and benefits than women.
Dr. Berglund, vice president of the Columbus/MUW Branch, said, “We are proud to host these workshops. Students who attend will learn how to figure out what they are worth doing a particular job, and then learn how to get paid their worth.”
More than 20 participants attended the first $tart $mart workshop at The W last spring.
Brianna Warner, political science major, said, “$tart $mart was revelatory for me and the other women who attended the workshop. None of us had any experience in negotiating salaries and benefits; most of us didn't even know we were allowed to negotiate at all.
“$tart $mart is an invaluable resource that can change women's work lives for the better; I know that it has already changed mine and the dozens of other women who attended the first $tart $mart workshop.”
The Columbus/MUW Branch of AAUW, Phi Beta Lamda, Women’s Studies Teaching Circle, the College of Business and Professional Studies and W Office of the President are sponsoring the workshops.
The workshop is free and open to all W students; registration is preferred. All students are invited to attend, but graduating seniors (December or May) may be especially interested.