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In response to the new AEA Code of Conduct and concerns within the economics profession, this student-led group aims to increase awareness and diversity within the field of economics among both faculty and students at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Funded by the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, DIVERSEcon hosts a yearly seminar that features speakers to discuss their research as well as their career experiences. The goal is  to provide  strong  role  models  as well as  practical  knowledge  of  the  challenges  within  the  profession  and  strategies  that  others  have  found  effective  in  overcoming  career  hurdles.  A  town  hall  style  question  and  answer  session follows focused  on  discussing  issues  of diversity within  the  economics  profession  to  raise  awareness  and  formulate new  approaches that  can  be  implemented  on  campus.


On Wednesday, October 30, 2019 from 4:30 – 5:30 pm in  4:30 – 6:00 pm in Curry Student Center, Room 340,  a panel of six professional economists shared their career trajectories and led a discussion of challenges and opportunities that illustrated strategies used by individuals from diverse backgrounds to persist and succeed in their careers.


  • Osborne Jackson (Ph.D.), Senior Economist, Research, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
  •  Jonathan Lee, (MA), Principal, Economic Development Research (EDR) Group
  • Lily Liu, (Ph.D.), Financial Economist, Supervision & Regulation, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
  • Lolo Palacios, (Ph.D.), Associate, Analysis Group
  • Bledi Taska (Ph.D.), Chief Economist, Burning Glass Technologies
  • Jennifer Weiner (MA), Research Economist, RTI

The inaugural lecture took place on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 in Renaissance Park 909 and featured Maria Luengo-Prado as the speaker. Dr. Maria Luengo-Prado’s discussed her career as both an academic and government economist.  María José Luengo-Prado is a senior economist and policy advisor in the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Research Department and was a tenured associate professor in this department. The seminar was followed by a town-hall style discussion about ways to boost diversity within the field of economics as well as a reception for students and faculty.

Faculty Advisor: Alicia Sasser Modestino, Associate Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and Economics; Associate Director, Dukakis Center
Senior Co-Chair: Urbashee Paul, PhD candidate
Alumni Co-Chair: Rachel Sederberg, Ph.D. 2019

Advisory Board Members:
James Dana, Professor of Economics
Oscar Brookins, Associate Professor Emeritus
Linnea Basu, Co-Op Coordinator, Department of Economics