The University Record, October 15, 1996

CEW sponsors three-part work/life/family issues series

From the Center for the Education of Women


Women and men at the U-M and elsewhere are encountering increasing difficulties in trying to keep the important things in their lives intact, including balancing responsibilities and obligations to their employers, children and spouses, and perhaps other interests as well.

Those who are successful in their careers struggle with these issues to the extent that they affect them physically and emotionally, making them question their ability to "do it all."

With this in mind, the Center for the Education of Women and the Family Care Resources Program is launching a three-part work/life/family issues series, with the first program set for Nov. 1. The series will bring together faculty and staff to discuss these issues.

Keynoting the Nov. 1 event, 1-4 p.m. in the Hussey Room, Michigan League, will be Faye Crosby, professor of psychology and a leading researcher on women and gender roles. She is the author of Juggling: The Unexpected Advantages of Balancing Career and Home for Women and Their Families.

Her address will be followed by a six-member panel:

Congresswoman Lynn Rivers, D-Ann Arbor, is known for her staunch ethics, her commitment to reform and her "up-by-the-bootstraps" industriousness. She was a teen mother married to an auto worker, who began her adult life "behind the eight-ball, putting herself through college and law school." She is a committed advocate for everyday people with everyday problems.


Lonni Vitale, director of human resources for St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, will discuss how the hospital---because of its innovative policies and services---has for three years in a row been ranked as one of the best 100 companies for working mothers by Working Mother magazine.


Carol Hollenshead, CEW director, has lectured and published on many issues of concern to women, including women's education and career patterns; work and family; women in the sciences and engineering; the status of women in higher education; and women, work and aging.


Sue Goulding, administrative assistant, UAW Women's Department. Goulding was appointed to her current post as administrative assistant to UAW vice president Carolyn Forrest in 1995. She first joined the UAW at the U-M, helping organize and later serving as a member of the bargaining committee and secretary-treasurer. Other responsibilities with the UAW have included serving as a member of the international staff and working with Cornell and Central Michigan universities and the state of Michigan.


Leslie de Pietro has been the coordinator of the Family Care Resources Program at the U-M since its inception in 1990. She also is a co-president of the College and University Work/Family Association, a national professional association for work and family managers in higher education. She will moderate the panel discussion.


Other programs in the series:

"The Impact of Stress on the Well-being of Working Women," a research presentation noon-1:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at CEW (330 E. Liberty), by Ruby Beale, assistant researcher at CEW and lecturer in the Department of Psychology and at the Business School.

Beale's empirical study examines the impact of stress in several domains of work, family and social life. She investigates the impact of perceptions of sexism at work on white women's well-being and the impact of sexism and racism at work on Black women's well-being. The study also explores coping strategies that can be used effectively to decrease the adverse effects of stress on women.

"Resources and Resolutions in the Community," noon-2 p.m., Hussey Room, Michigan League. This panel discussion program will provide information on workable solutions to balancing work, life and family, and will provide information on available resources.

Panelists include:

Rob Pasick, author of three widely acclaimed books on men: Men in Therapy: The Challenges of Change, Awakening from the Deep Sleep and What Every Man Needs to Know.


Jane Bagchi, executive director, Wellness Program, Michigan Heart and Vascular Institute.


Elinor Rosenberg, a member of the clinical faculty at the University Center for Child and Family who also conducts a private practice in psychotherapy for individuals, couples and families in Ann Arbor. She was on the clinical faculty of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry for 20 years.


Leslie de Pietro, coordinator of the U-M Family Care Resources Program.


Ronni Sanlo has been director of the U-M Lesbian Gay Bisexual Programs Office since 1994. She holds a master's in mental health counseling and doctorate in educational leadership. Prior to joining the U-M she was an AIDS surveillance officer for the state of Florida and an HIV/AIDS educator, as well as a consultant to the National AIDS Clearinghouse.


Doreen Murasky, the mother of two young children, currently is in a job share counseling position at CEW and private practice. She has a special interest in working with the "whole" person to find a meaningful and workable balance of work and family life.

Individuals who wish to attend any of the programs and need the assistance of a sign language interpreter should contact Lynne Dumas at CEW, 998-7185, by Oct. 28.

All programs are free and open to the public but space is limited. Seating preference will be given to those who call in advance (998-7185) to reserve a space.