Congratulations to the first cohort–13 women faculty–of the new leadership program at the School of Medicine! The HUB describes the program:
“Offered through the Office of Women in Science and Medicine and in collaboration with the Office of Talent Management at the Johns Hopkins University, the yearlong program requires that a participant be nominated by a department chair, division chief, or vice dean who would then serve as the person’s executive sponsor. Candidates participated in a 360-degree feedback assessment, and curriculum and action learning projects in their department. The program’s ultimate goal is to create a pipeline of women to fill leadership roles across Johns Hopkins Medicine.”
Lots of people, from Work-Life to the Diversity Leadership Council, have advocated for years to create a leadership position for coordinating child care . This week, Jeanne Lovy joins JHU in this role. Welcome!
There are so many important aspects to this appointment that we are going to quote at some length from the HUB below. Enjoy!
Lovy is also thinking more broadly about how Hopkins can build new relationships—possibly formal ones—with other programs in and around Baltimore. One big question, she says, is “How can we support and improve child care for all in the community, in a way that helps not only Hopkins but also its neighbors?”
With all of this, Lovy understands that affordability is a big concern for a lot of families. Currently, child care vouchers of up to $5,000 a year are available for families of certain incomes, but Hopkins will be investigating further options.
In addition, Lovy says, “We’re excited that we were recently able to expand the dependent care voucher program to eligible students, and we’re evaluating that and other programs for their impact.”
Beyond those fundamentals, Lovy wants to expand and diversify the kinds of family-oriented programming Hopkins can provide or refer employees to—things such as tutoring, enrichment programs, day trips, and summer camps. She’s looking into family counseling options, too, and ways that Hopkins could help parents with school selection.
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Today’s post: some happy news for kids and the grownups who love them.
Starting Dec 1, JHU offers grad students and postdocs some support for child care. The HUB reports:
Provost Sunil Kumar and Heidi Conway, vice president for human resources, shared the news in an email to eligible individuals, saying, “In order to pursue excellence together, we recognize the need to support the well-being of both our direct affiliates and their families as we all balance responsibilities at Johns Hopkins and at home.”
Hopkins grad Eva Chen (A&S ’01) has published a children’s book, Juno Valentine and the Magical Shoes. From the HUB:
Juno follows a young girl on an adventure through time to find a lost pair of shoes. Though the book is superficially about a search for the perfect footwear, Chen wanted to push beyond the princess trope: Throughout Juno’s quest she tries on shoes that belong to trailblazing women in history—from Cleopatra to Frida Kahlo to Serena Williams—and is transported into their worlds. In the end, Juno decides she’s happiest with her own shoes.
As we wrote in our last post: Only courageous talk and earnest listening–followed by proactive, systemic change enacted by men and all other genders–will dislodge the cultural norms that allow nearly 3/5 of women scientists to be sexually harassed and allow gender harassment to permeate our culture, on campus and off.
Toward that end: the new PhD Student Advisory Committee, convened by Vice Provost for Graduate and Professional Education Nancy Kass. Mentorship, inclusivity, and grad student well-being were key topics discussed at their first meeting, held at the end of November. From the Hub: “We get these amazing students, and we want them to be productive, and happy, and feel good about what they’re doing, and then be prepared to do really wonderful things afterwards,” Kass says.