University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota

Summit for Leaders for Women's Equity

3rd Annual Summit for Women's Equity Leaders

Pay Equity: Our History, Present and Future

On May 14, 2013, a system-wide group of over 80 women gathered at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus for the 3rd annual Summit for Women's Equity Leaders for a day of presentations and strategic planning to inform and engage key leaders in the work for women’s equity, especially regarding pay equity.

After remarks from the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Karen Hanson, a historical overview of pay equity given by University Historian, Ann Pflaum, participants learned about the University's pay structures and current efforts toward pay equity from Lori Lamb, Director of Operations in the Office of Human Resources. As in previous years, the Summit included a discussion of University governance structures with a panel of University Senators and Stewards (Stephanie Bettermann, Sophia Gladding, Cherrene Horazuk and Terri Wallace) representing the various benefits and compensation committees.

Breakout sessions by employee group followed lunch, and participants rounded out the day with a strategic brainstorming and planning session, led by Virajita Singh, Senior Research Fellow in the Center for Sustainable Building Research, which is part of the College of Design.

While the day included hearing the statistics and personal stories about continuing salary inequities, it also allowed us to learn about many campus initiatives currently underway to work toward pay equity on campus and in the state, and provided opportunities for additional collaborations and community-building. The participants committed to help create an equitable climate for everyone at the University of Minnesota, and to continue the work toward the University being a nationwide model for equity and diversity.

In sum, the 3rd Summit for Women's Equity Leaders was a success. However, the real success will come from each of us putting the best of the action steps in motion. To that end, we are sharing:

  • A list of pay equity and salary negotiation resources (Download in PDF format)
  • A harvest document, which includes: A) highlights from the Summit and B) a list of ideas for implementation – some of which are suggestions for the future, and some of which support steps already in progress. (Download in PDF format)