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WAVE Subcommittee on Parental Leave, Childcare, and Family Friendly Policies

This subcommittee will focus on parental leave for faculty, postdocs, and graduate students, childcare, and the communication of family-friendly policies. Since childcare is the focus of the Child and Family Center Advisory Task Force, this subcommittee will likely focus more on parental leave for faculty, postdocs, and graduate students and the communication of family-friendly policies. The subcommittee will meet with the Child and Family Center Advisory Task Force to determine ways to support its efforts.

Membership

  • Heather Conner, Professor of Piano
  • Rory Dicker, Director of the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center (co-chair)
  • Letimicia Fears, Postdoctoral Scholar – Peabody College
  • Heather Caslin Findley, Postdoctoral Scholar – School of Medicine
  • Kejia Hu, Assistant Professor of Operations Management
  • Clare McCabe, Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Associate Dean of the Graduate School; Director of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (co-chair)
  • Ginny Moore, Associate Professor of Nursing; Director of Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Specialty
  • Kim Petrie, Assistant Dean for Biomedical Career Development; Assistant Professor of Medical Education and Administration
  • Ron Schrimpf, Orrin H. Ingram Chair in Engineering
  • Jennifer Shinall, Associate Professor of Law

Charges

  1. How can Vanderbilt be more family-friendly and communicate its family-friendly policies most effectively?
  2. How can parental leave improve for the Vanderbilt community?
  3. How can childcare improve for the Vanderbilt community?

Timeline

February – May 2019

  • Collect data on the number of people taking parental leave over the past 10 years
  • Compile a comprehensive list of parental policies from each of Vanderbilt’s schools/colleges
  • Access data from COACHE survey regarding a supportive environment for parenting

Summer 2019

  • Benchmark parental leave policies, childcare resources and family friendly policies at peer institutions
  • Adjust website to communicate family-friendly policies

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