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History, Accomplishments, and Past Events


The Work-Life Committee began as a subcommittee of the NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant (2003-2009) and the President’s Commission on the Status of Women (PCOSW) and works closely with the Equity Council. The Work-Life Committee was the first ADVANCE committee to develop initiatives that included the entire University community. Committee members comprise faculty, staff, and students. The committee welcomes new members!

Work-Life Committee activities fall into three broad categories:  policy advisory to Human Resources, information and awareness programs, and research and outreach.

Policy Advisory:

Information and Awareness

  • Each year since 2007, the committee celebrates National Work-Family Month (www.awlporg)
  • Ongoing Brown Bag Lunch series (in collaboration with the Women’s Center)
  • Work-life topical lunches for women in science, visiting work-life scholars
  • Administrators’ Workplace Flexibility Breakfasts
  • Work-life literature distributed to chairs, new faculty

Research and Outreach

Annual Reports

Past Work-Life Events at URI

Events 2013

Feb. 25 – Mar. 8:  Photo Exhibit:  In Our Family

Brown Bag Lunches:

Events 2012

Feb. 27: The End of Breast Cancer Luncheon Rally,
12:00 – 2:00 pm, Women’s Center Library.
Guest Speaker: Marlene McCarthy, Breast Cancer CoalitionChild

April 25: Care Fair

Oct. 1: Diversity Week Presentation: Work-Life Issues on the College Campus: A Snapshot of Care Giving Responsibilities

Brown Bag Lunches:


Events 2011

April 15: Child Care Fair

June 23: Department Chairs’ Workshop Lunch:  Workplace Flexibility and Faculty Success: What a Chair Needs to Know. 

Brown Bag Lunches:


Events 2010

May 18: Work-Life Administrators’ Breakfast (agenda and guide, presentation, summary notes)

April 16:  Child Care Fair

Dec. 16: Work-Life Administrators’ Breakfast (agenda, flex table handout, 6 themes handout)

Brown Bag Lunches:


Major Events, 2005-2009

ADVANCE Day 2005, featuring guest Robert Drago

Work-Life Administrators’ Breakfast Summit, October 18, 2007 (poster, agenda, notes)

Work-Life Month, March 2008 (links to individual events)

ADVANCE Day 2008, October 3, 2008, featuring guest Joan Williams

Work-Life Day 2009, October 27, 2009, featuring guest Ann Higginbotham (see press release)


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