Women and Minorities in Economics

at UC San Diego

Live to Empower, Empower to Break Barriers | Seek to Inspire, Inspire to Create Changes

Our Mission

WAMIE (Women and Minorities in Economics) is dedicated to supporting all UC San Diego undergraduates, with a particular focus on the issues facing women and other underrepresented groups. We strive to create a supportive community where challenges are discussed, and innovative solutions are created. By giving students a closer connection to faculty, alumni, guest speakers, and researchers, and by making students aware of numerous opportunities in the department and in the profession, we hope to better equip students with the tools they need to succeed at UC San Diego and beyond. We welcome all students as part of this organization, and believe that our mission is enriched by considering diverse perspectives.

What WAMIE offers:

Mentor and Mentee Program

Excel and STATA Workshops

Alumni Speaker Events

Social and Study Buddies Events


WAMIE Founders

"I wanted to start WAMIE because diversity in any academic discipline is vital to the accumulation of knowledge. Different people ask different questions depending on their life experiences, and nowhere is that diversity of perspective more critical than within the field of economics, where inequality, economic well-being, and government policy are of central importance. As a woman in a male-dominated field, I also have benefitted tremendously from the encouragement, friendship and sisterhood of my female colleagues, and I would like to provide that same support to budding economists from all underrepresented groups" - Kate Antonovics, Acting Provost of Revelle College (Photo by Erika Johnson/UC San Diego Publications)

"When I went to graduate school in 1983, there were 2 other women in my PhD class at the University of Washington. One of them became my best friend and her constant support throughout graduate school was incredibly valuable to me. Unfortunately, the underrepresentation of women and minorities in the economics profession continues to this day. Fortunately, at UC San Diego a substantially larger fraction of our nearly 2,500 undergraduate economics majors are from underrepresented groups - 42.5% are women (students who report gender identities as female or trans-female are reported here as women; students who report gender identities as male or trans-male are reported as men. Students who report gender identities as genderqueer/gender non-conforming or different identity are reported according to sex at birth: females reported as women; males reported as men), and 10.5% are underrepresented minorities (any student whose self-reported ethnicity was Black/African-American, Latin American/Latino, Mexican/Mexican American/Chicano, or American Indian/Alaska Native). UC San Diego has enough women and minority undergraduates studying economics to make a difference in the demographics of graduate schools and companies, and I want to make sure our students have the information and support system to help them succeed. I wanted to start WAMIE to give students a community to share experiences, ideas, and opportunities with one another, so together we can increase access to great jobs and graduate schools for our women and minority candidates." - Melissa Famulari, VC of Undergraduate Studies and Instruction (Photo by Erika Johnson/UC San Diego Publications)


WAMIE Winter 2021 Recruitment
Want to become a part of WAMIE? Come down and join us for our Fall recruitment events! Don't miss out on the exciting events we have to offer. So what are you waiting for? Come apply now and become a part of WAMIE! more information

WAMIE is having our first GBM of the quarter and we can't wait to meet new people and also discuss important economic topics! Come join as we talk about how to build up your resume, how to network in career fairs and many more. Feel free to ask us any questions you would like to know about too!
Date: 2021
Location: ZOOM MEETING ID: 932 7351 6494
Time: 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM PST
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