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Bank Hosts Diverse Economics Conference

The Richmond Fed is hosting its third annual Diverse Economics Conference in November to foster conversation among college students and economics professionals about the importance of having diverse perspectives in the field of economics.

During DivEc, participants will learn about the range of career opportunities after graduation, meet diverse economists who have taken different career paths, network with other economics students and learn about jobs at the Richmond Fed for graduating economics majors. 

The conference will be hosted on the evenings of November 16–17 from 5–7:30 p.m. ET, with a third day of conversation about the current state of the labor market on November 18 at 10 a.m. ET. 

“We want to engage with students who have an interest in learning more about this field of study and hopefully draw more women and people of color to attend this free, virtual event,” said Yolanda Ferguson, Economic Education outreach advisor.

DivEc is hosted by the Bank, in partnership with the University of Richmond’s Robins School of Business and Undergraduate Women in Economics Challenge, to help address the fact that less than 25 percent of economists in the U.S. are people of color, and no more than 30 percent of career economists are women.

“Having diverse voices in the field of economics is important because the questions that get asked and the solutions that are found are shaped by an economist’s own experiences and perspectives,” said Sarah Gunn, the Richmond Fed’s director of Economic Education. “We hope this conference is a way for students to explore the questions they would be able to answer using the tools of economics.”

Registration for DivEc is open through November 12.

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