In response to the new AEA Code of Conduct and concerns within the economics profession, this new 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 (note new location), a panel of six professional economists will come and share their career trajectories, the types of work they do in their current jobs, and what opportunities are available to economics graduates at the Bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. levels. In sharing their career trajectory we hope to encourage discussion of challenges and opportunities that illustrate strategies used by individuals from diverse backgrounds to persist and succeed in their careers. We also hope to highlight the varied paths that economics graduates can take.
A reception will follow at 5:30 p.m. during which student and faculty can network and socialize.
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
Junior Co-Chair: Erica Smith, B.S. Candidate in Economics
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.