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Survey seeks data on balancing caregiving and work responsibilities; Deadline is Oct. 23

FROM: Faculty Affairs, Human Resources, Graduate School

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Faculty Affairs, Human Resources and the Graduate School have all invited conversations through various open office hours sessions, town hall meetings, and other group meetings. One theme that has consistently come through in these conversations is that caregiving responsibilities are immensely challenging as we juggle work and family responsibilities.

While we have heard quite a number of impactful stories, well-defined problems and some creative solutions in these conversations, it is clear that additional, representative data from across the university will help our understanding of the challenges being faced, and better consider what solutions or support may be helpful.

To that end, we invite all faculty, staff, and graduate student employees to complete an anonymous survey about balancing caregiving and work responsibilities during this challenging time.

The survey, which will be open through Friday, October 23, should only take about 10-12 minutes to complete. Information about your experiences in this area is crucially important for us to be able to make informed decisions about possible solutions and support.

Thank you for all you are doing during this challenging time. We know that so many are juggling multiple responsibilities, and your contributions to the university right now are greatly appreciated.

With care,

Jack Finney, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
Bryan Garey, Vice President for Human Resources
Karen DePauw, Vice President and Dean of the Graduate School