Last year, we analyzed the work-life/dependent care websites of the IVY Plus institutions to create a list of important programs for faculty, especially women faculty. We came up with the following categories: financial adoption assistance, affiliated child care centers, babysitting support, breastfeeding support, committee on status of women, emergency/back-up care, financial assistance, tenure clock extension, and resource/referral service. See our Dependent Care wiki for more information.
A few universities had programs in all areas, Brown, however, did not. One of the areas we didn’t have a formal program was Breastfeeding support. Brown does have a nursing policy, and the ADVANCE staff has recently joined a committee to help provide regularly designated privacy rooms across campus. Initial meetings have led to a website: Privacy Rooms. We are continuing to update and add to it and plan to link with other offices across campus.
How does your university support nursing mothers?
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