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Paula Stephan
Economics, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University

Paula Stephan, Economics, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University"Retention of Women and Minorities in the IT Workforce"
Workshops

Thu., Mar. 13, 2003, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Location: Malott Room, Kansas Union
Understanding the "Pipeline"

Differences by Race, Sex, and Ethnicity in Education, Training, and Careers

A Policy Research Institute and Hall Center Seminar Series

Despite the substantial gains made by women, Blacks, and Hispanics in the labor market over the past several decades, differences in income are still pronounced. Income differences, in part, reflect differences in educational attainment and occupational distributions by race and sex. Too few women and minorities enter the educational pipeline that, over time, connects talent with high paying careers, especially in areas of science and technology. The pipeline leaks too many women and minorities before they enter high paying careers. Understanding why education, training, and occupational attainment differ by sex, race, and ethnic background will be the unifying theme of this seminar series.

Encompassed within this general theme is a broad array of more specific topics.

? Educational choices. What factors influence students? major choices? What factors in K-12 education influence decisions to attend college? What factors influence choice of college major? And what factors influence students? decisions to pursue advanced training?
? Recruitment and retention of women and ethnic and racial minorities in higher education. How can colleges and universities encourage more diversity in their faculties?
? The effect of working conditions and employer expectations. Do long hours, or other job requirements, affect entry into or retention in particular careers? Do these requirements have differential effects on women and minorities? Are there ways that employers can change job requirements to make them more attractive to under-represented groups?

The goal of the seminar series is to promote dialogue and stimulate interdisciplinary research collaboration in regard to these important issues.

All sessions will be held in the Malott Room, Kansas Union from 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Registration is limited to 60 persons per seminar. To register, contact Laura Stull pri@ku.edu
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