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An upcoming forum sponsored by the University of Wisconsin System’s Women’s and Gender Studies Consortium and Women and Science Program will explore the intersection of equity and caregiving in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Damira Grady

Damira Grady, UW Oshkosh’s associate vice chancellor for inclusive excellence and chief diversity officer, will be one of two featured speakers at the Systemwide Caregiving Forum set for 1 to 3 p.m. on Friday, March 26 on Zoom.

Registration is underway for the event, which is free and open to the public.

The forum contextualizes the work of the Systemwide Caregiving Task Force within larger conversations surrounding equity and caregiving as an urgent issue within higher education.

Grady and Laura Belmonte, dean of Virginia Tech’s College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, will offer insights on how campuses can proactively address:

  • Caregiving as an intersectional equity issue central to equity, diversity and inclusion work.
  • The differential impacts of caregiving and COVID-19 across the campus community.
  • Tangible steps campus leaders can take to support caregivers.
  • Successful models for documenting both the short- and long-term effects of COVID-19 for students, faculty and staff.
  • Long-term sustainability models to support caregivers and retain them as essential members of the campus community.

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