The American Association of University Women has worked to empower women as individuals and as a community since 1881. The national grassroots organization strives to improve the lives of millions of women and their families.
The AAUW Start Smart initiative is designed to teach women to negotiate salaries for a new job. In every two-hour workshop, women can gain confidence in negotiation style through facilitated discussion and role-play and learn to identify and articulate personal value, develop an arsenal of persuasive responses and other strategies to use when negotiating, conduct objective market research to benchmark a target salary and benefits, and gain knowledge of the pay gap, including its long-term consequences.
The Salisbury Chapter of AAUW hosted a Start Smart workshop on Feb. 5 in Tubman Theatre at Livingstone College. Conducted by facilitator and AAUW member Da’Tarvia Parrish, the training was included by Livingstone College as a part of Black History Month. More than 60 students attended.
Sophomore social work major Tiara Heard said, “I am truly fortunate to have attended a workshop of this caliber. I was introduced to ideas I never thought to consider while interviewing. I will most definitely refer to this training in the future.”
AAUW has two workshops to help improve the pay gap, Start Smart and Work Smart. Livingstone College has institutional membership in AAUW.