The Women's Caucus hopes to pursue other programs and activities to improve the work life
for individuals on campus and to attract students to ESF. We count on Caucus members to
bring forward ideas and projects of current interest. Some examples of discussion items
from previous meetings:
We would love to have a little pot
to use to help offset child- and elder-care costs for graduate
students and faculty while they attend workshops and conferences
that would have otherwise needed to decline. Ideally this
fund would be available to participants regardless of gender.
Future Faculty Program
Individual faculty have created some
wonderful individual courses that guide doctoral students
through the challenges they will face in academia:
Seminar on College Teaching, Writing for Scientific
Publications, Grant Writing and Management, Research Methods,
Environmental Careers Strategies for Women, Seminar Presentation
Skills, and Collaborative Processes and Dispute Resolution. It
seems like successful completion of some percentage of these
could be the basis of one bang-up certificate program!
Kids Take Time for Science
An irregular program of care for school-aged children to help ESF parents on
superintendent or teacher conferences days or other non-school days. ESF children would
come to campus to work with ESF students and others in ongoing research or in science
projects specifically designed for primary and secondary students.
This program could also give ESF students interested in teaching science at the primary
and secondary levels experience in an informal setting.
ESF-Public School Collaboration
A program whereby women students at ESF volunteer to speak to students in
area public schools to help increase awareness of science and technical
career paths for women.
We address the legal aspects on the
page. (We also advocate for
policies that support all parents on that page, and
flextime for all employees on our blog). However, when it
comes to feeding our babies, families that utilize breastmilk do
rely more on the moms, who depending on their status on campus,
may lack access to space to
nurse or pump. This is primarily true for our students and
staff in shared our completely open offices. In a best case scenario, a dedicated lactation room
would have a lockable door; a
comfy chair and a table; a refrigerator; outlets sufficient for
refrigerator and pump(s); running water to wash hands and pump
parts; a bulletin board for posting scheduling notes,
encouraging words and pictures; a curtain to draw between
moms if more than one needs the room at any one time and a
speaker for an MP3 player.
If you find your applicant pool, or speaker slate,
unrepresentative of the population (i.e, all white, all male, or
all of similar age), ask us for recommendations.
W, Nov 20.
Cheryl Strayed, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
(Knopf, 2012). 5:30 pm, Gifford Aud. Q&A 3:45-4:30.
Reading Series Raymond Carver Reading Series
W, Nov 20. Downtown YCMA, 5-8 pm.
W, Nov 20.
6333 Rt 298, E Syr.
T, Dec 3. Jenny Baker, Cornell
University/Dept of Chemical Engineering. Glycoengineered vesicle
vaccines against pathogenic bacteria.
Room 1-019 Center for Science &
Technology. SU Chemistry.
W, Dec 4. Jane
Springer, poet and author, 5:30 pm, Gifford Auditorium. Q&A 3:45-4:30.
Raymond Carver Reading Series
Sa Dec 7, 10 – 5, Sun, Dec 8, 11 – 5,
Craftsfair and Peace Festival,
Navigating your 21st Century Family:
The different faces of special needs-navigating the special education system at
Corrine Smith, PhD, Dr. George Starr MD, Glenda Criss,
7-8 pm, JCC,
Peaks is sponsored by the Dept of Environmental and Forest Biology; Lunchtime
Learning Seminars by the Office of Multicultural
Affairs; Nelson Series by SU Geology Department; CDS is the
seminar in hydrological and Biogeochemical processes.
Navigating Your 21st
Century Family by the JCC, SHDS, and Temple Concord