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 will host a seminar each semester that will feature speakers who will 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. This will be followed by a town hall style question and answer session focused on discussing issues of diversity within the economics profession to raise awareness and formulate new approaches that can be implemented on campus. Both seminars will be followed by an informal gathering including light refreshments during which students and faculty can network and socialize, further building a sense of community and mentorship.
The Fall 2019 event will take place on Wednesday, October 30 in 909 Renaissance Park and will feature a panel of 6-8 professionals discussing their education and career trajectories. The seminar will be 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.
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.
In addition, DIVERSEcon will collect data to track economics students and alumni and solicit ideas for improving diversity within the department. The goal of these efforts would be to identify the underlying factors that inhibit greater diversity within the economics department and to bring forth recommendations that the department can act on to increase the representation of women, minority, and LGBTQ individuals within the field. The intention is that the department will sustain these efforts beyond the duration of the grant to create a feedback loop that will provide a mechanism for continuous improvement in the area of diversity.
Contact: Erica Smith Smith.email@example.com
Faculty Advisor: Alicia Sasser Modestino, Associate Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and Economics; Associate Director, Dukakis Center
Senior Co-Chair: Rachel Sederberg, Ph.D. Candidate in Economics
Junior Co-Chair: Erica Smith, B.S. Candidate in Economics
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