Posts tagged ‘family_friendly’

National Adoption Month

paint-handsNovember is National Adoption Month.  This year, organizations and state governments are focusing on the adoption of children currently in foster care.

From the perspective of an NSF ADVANCE Program, we are interested in university policy and resources for faculty.  As part of their family-friendly policies and work-life support, universities offer financial assistance, webpages or pamphlets with information and links to outside organizations, and peer-mentoring groups on campus.  We collected information that the Ivy Plus institutions provide their faculty, so faculty can get an idea of what to expect and administrators can better understand what peer institutions are doing:  information and links are on our Dependent Care wiki.


November 18, 2010 at 3:57 pm Leave a comment

Work-Life Support for Postdocs

We are staffing a table this Friday at the Annual Postdoc Resource & Networking Event.  Our Funding Resource Specialist was asked to provide some information on sponsored project support, but we also decided to take this opportunity to gather networkinginformation on what family caregiving programs and benefits are available to postdocs at Brown.

We are creating a brochure with information collected from our office, Human Resources, and the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.  We realized pretty quickly that there are different programs and benefits available to postdoctoral fellows versus research associates.  

Summary of Resources:

September 22, 2010 at 9:51 am Leave a comment

“Sandwich Generation” Resources for Faculty

While preparing outreach resources for the new academic year, we came across the term, “sandwich generation.”  In the context of work-life balance, this refers to the working person who is now responsible not only for caring for her or his children, but her or his parents as well. According to AssistGuide Information Services, the sandwich generation “are the nearly 10 million boomers that are now raising kids, teenagers or young adults while providing financial support for an aging parent. Usually they are between the ages of 35 and 55.”

This issue strongly effects many of our faculty, especially mid-career and senior women.  We created a new wiki page, Family Caregiving, as a central resource for caregivers.  Our site has links to local, state, and national resources that address the emotional, social, financial, medical, and logistical issues of elder care.

August 12, 2010 at 8:28 am Leave a comment

Childcare Programs: Finding Ivy League Standard

We recently received a request from some of our mid-career women faculty to find out how Brown’s childcare policies and benefits compare to our peers.  We began this process by examining other Ivy League institutions.

By studying the universities’ Human Resources and Dean of Faculty websites, we were able to discern the similarities and differences between institutions.  We organized childcare benefits and policies into nine categories:

  1. Adoption Financial Assistance
  2. Affiliated Childcare Centers
  3. Babysitting Support
  4. Breastfeeding Support
  5. Committee on the Status of Women
  6. Emergency/Back-Up Care
  7. Financial Assistance (beyond the federally mandated flexible spending accounts)
  8. Tenure Clock Extension
  9. Resources and Referral Service

We’ve summarized the information in chart form below and detailed these programs on our Dependent Care wiki.  The image can also be viewed on our Flickr Page.

June 29, 2010 at 1:25 pm Leave a comment

Family-Friendly Means No Meetings after 5:00 PM

clockThis is our second semester hosting a networking series for administrators, faculty, and staff.  We call it FONE:  Faculty Outreach & Networking Events.  The timing of these events turned out to be the hardest thing to get right.  We want to encourage commiseration and decided to hold the events regularly at the end of the work day in order to offer drinks & snacks.  Many potential participants have family commitments; to be cognizant of these possible time constraints, we decided to offer an open reception, encouraging participants to drop by when they could from 4-6 pm.  We quickly heard from multiple faculty following the first invitations:  do not hold events that go beyond 5 pm if you want administrators, faculty, and staff with dependents to feel included.  Message received! We are always looking for ways to ensure faculty success through work-life balance.  This semester we are still advertising our networking events as come-by-when-you-can, but we’re holding them from 3:30-5:00 pm in the afternoon.

February 12, 2010 at 12:54 pm Leave a comment