Women's Center

Drop Shadow

News From the Women's Center - December 2011

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! During this month filled with holiday cheer, let's celebrate those who serve others and strive to give back! Check out what we have in store for you this month and what we've been up to this November!

A Forum on the Status of Women 2011- 55:45

Thank you to all of the lovely ladies who came to discuss sisterhood and the experience of being a woman at USD at the Forum!

55:45 is the ratio of women to men at USD. Though women outnumber men at USD, can one say that women hold more power to create change at USD?

On November 9, women from all walks of life on USD's campus came together to discuss the experience of women at USD. Women representatives from every department, center, and student organization were invited to contribute to our discussion. This year's forum allowed this group of representatives and speakers to discuss this idea of an imbalance of power between genders, as well as the prevailing idea that empowerment could lead to transformation.

Thanks to those who came and keep an eye out for the forum report, coming soon!

Worker's Appreciation Lunch

USD was recently rated one America's Most Beautiful College Campuses by Forbes Magazine. This is all thanks to the USD facilities workers and groundskeepers who work diligently behind the scenes in order to make our campus so beautiful. However, a lot of thier hard work goes unappreciated.

Worker's Appreciation
Lunch is served at the Women's Center!

So on the morning of November 10, we, along with USD's female Chicana student organization, AChA, decided to show some love for the wonderful facilities and grounds workers who help make our lives easier and more beautiful.

Student-made cards and posters were spread around the Women's Center and the United Front Multicultural Center for decoration and for keepsakes, while the workers and students ate together.

The luncheon was a great success, allowing us to share in community with those unseen workers who make our lives at USD less of a hassle. We hope we conveyed how much thier work is appreciated!

$tart $mart Salary Negotiation Workshop

Written by Myra Colon, Women's Center Staff

During the course of her lifetime, a woman will earn just 77 cents per every dollar that a man makes or lose about $1.2 million over her career.  African American women earn 67.7% of men’s earnings and Latinas make just 58.7% or about 8% less than a white woman. In California, fortunately, the percentage is a bit higher with women earning about 83% per every dollar that a man makes.

Start Smart

The Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop is designed to give college women the confidence and the skills they need to earn fair compensation in the workforce. The workshop teaches college women how to determine what employers are paying for the job she is seeking and when she graduates, how to negotiate for a fair compensation.

Statistics show that women, after their first year out of college, working full time, earn about 80 percent as much as their male counterparts. Ten years after graduation, her wage decreases by eleven percent (Behind the Pay Gap, American Association of University Women, 2007).

Students who attended the workshop on Dec. 1 learned how to aim high and realistically while learning useful language for salary negotiations and strategies needed to achieve fair compensation in her first job after graduation.

If you missed the workshop or would like to learn more about fair compensation, visit us at SLP 420 or The WAGE Project. We will be offering another workshop in the spring!

Women of Impact 2012

Written by Sara Campion, Leadership Council Social Justice Representative

Women of Impact 2010

On Friday December 9th the Women’s Center will continue the tradition of honoring women who have made an impact on the USD community by hosting the 14th annual Women of Impact Luncheon. At the end of each fall semester, the Women’s Center accepts nominations from members of the university recognizing outstanding work by female students, faculty, and staff. These women are committed to living out USD’s core values and inspire others to do the same. She encourages new ways of thinking and working at USD and supports the development of her fellow community members. This year’s nominees highlight USD’s emphasis on the Catholic Social Thought principle of Solidarity by working to create a more just and peaceful community.

Women’s Center Programmer Josie Gomez says, “The Women of Impact Luncheon is wonderful event that honors women who make a difference on our campus. I volunteered at this event my first year at USD and was inspired by the women, who were a mix of students, faculty, staff, and administrators. It was great to see women who I knew from the campus community and all that they do to make a difference. I am so excited to have the opportunity to coordinate this event this year as the programmer of the Women's Center.”

All nominees and nominators are invited to the luncheon which will be held on Friday, December 9 from 12 – 2 pm in the Hahn University Center, Forum C. Winners will receive an award and have their name inscribed on the Women of Impact plaque displayed in the Women’s Center.

Looking to Get Involved with the Women's Center? Apply for Leadership Council!

The Women's Center is looking for representatives to be on the Leadership Council for the spring semester! The Council meets on a bi-weekly basis in order to develop, implement, and assess action steps addressing the Women's Center's six core strategies of the strategic plan: Community, Education, Leadership Development, Saftey, Social Justice, and Wellness/Health/Counseling. You must commit to serving on the council for the remainder of the 2011-2012 school year. For more information or an application, visit the Leadership Council webpage. Application are due Monday, December 12, 2011!

Do you have questions about the Women's Center Leadership Council? Email slwilliams@sandiego.edu.


"You make a living by what you get, but we make a life by what you give." - Winston Churchill

In this newsletter...

November in Review

  • A Forum on the Status of Women
  • Worker's Appreciation Lunch




$tart $mart Salary Negotiation


Women of Impact 2012


Apply Women's Center Leadership Council for Spring 2012

Adopt-a-Family this Holiday Season!

FYWR VolunteersSpread the holiday cheer to a person in need!

The UFMC and Women's Center have "adopted" two families this holiday season through SAY San Diego. We invite you to donate a gift to a member of one of the families. A wish list of gifts is posted in the Women's Center for you select from. Gifts range from toys to houshold items.

Gifts need to be turned in by Thursday, December 8.

For more information, email womenscenter@sandiego.edu

$tart $mart! Did You Know?


Participants learned about where the wage gap comes from and ways to end it.


Did you know?

April 17, 2012 is Equal Pay Day.

This day indicates the number of additional days that women must work in order to earn the equivalant of what white men earn in a year.