Education & Empowerment

 "The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any" -Alice Walker


The Jane Kopas Women's Center believes that education leads to empowerment and change. We host many events during the year in raising awareness of issues of gender inequity affecting us on campus, nationally, and transnationally. Below are continuous programs we offer, but you can also visit our Facebook page to see the most current programs:
  • Speaker Series

 Past lunch series themes included: women and politics, women and language, becoming an activist, feminism in my field, creating a sustainable environment, etc. Guest speakers have included members of academic affairs, student activists within our community, Scranton community members, and nationally recognized scholars and activists.

  • Women's History Month

In celebration of Women's History Month, we dedicate the month of March in hosting events celebrating the work of women throughout history, and today creating change in their community. Check out our Facebook page for more information!

  • AAUW's $tart $mart Salary Negotiation Workshop

AAUW’s Start Smart and Work Smart programs are designed to empower women with the skills and confidence to successfully negotiate their salary and benefits packages. By learning strategies and practicing effective language, participants gain valuable skills they can use throughout their lives — well beyond their next negotiation.

A trained facilitator guides participants through AAUW’s curriculum, which utilizes the latest research and negotiation strategies to help women navigate the complexities of job offers and promotion opportunities.

In every two-hour workshop, women can expect to learn

  • About the gender pay gap, including its personal consequences
  • How to quantify the market value of their education, skills, and experience
  • How to conduct objective market research and determine a fair target salary
  • How to create a strategic pitch and respond to salary offers