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CACUSS 2012: Women & Work/Life Fit

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Presented by Lesley D'Souza & Jen Gonzales
A Women & Work/Life Balance in Student Affairs survey was distributed to the CACUSS membership and presented in this session. In addition a panel of Student Affairs professionals spoke about their experiences balancing personal and professional commitments.

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CACUSS 2012: Women & Work/Life Fit

  1. 1. Lesley D’Souza & Jen Gonzales Ryerson University
  2. 2. Introductions Session Background 2012 Women & Work/Life Balance Survey Data Panel Discussion Final Thoughts What we’ll cover in today’s session:
  3. 3. Lesley D’Souza, MA CAMPUS ACTIVITIES & EVENTS FACILITATOR, RYERSON UNIVERSITY Lesley is responsible for managing the Student Life Programs office at Ryerson. She has worked previously at Centennial College, the University of Guelph, & Bowling Green State University whilst completing her MA in College Student Personnel. She feels strongly about developing women as leaders and is excited to continue the dialogue at CACUSS 2012. JenGonzales, MT RESIDENCE LIFE EDUCATION COORDINATOR, RYERSON UNIVERSITY Jen is responsible for the implementation of the residence life program at Ryerson. She is the President of OACUHO and is deeply passionate about issues facing women in leadership within Student Affairs. She worked previously at the University of Guelph as a Residence Manager and is a Faculty member at George Brown College teaching "Life Skills" to first-year social service worker students.
  4. 4. Alyssa Graham RESIDENCE LIFE COORDINATOR, HUMBER COLLEGE She just finished a two year stint as an RLC in Calgary, AB, where she worked with a Princess and saw a lot of mountains. She holds an undergrad degree from the University of Guelph and enjoys fiction, feminism, and the food network. John Austin SENIOR ADVISOR, SPECIAL PROJECTS RYERSON UNIVERSITY John received his M.Ed. in Higher Education from the University of North Carolina and his Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership, Policy & Administration from Fordham University in New York City. His 19 year career in Student Affairs/Services has been spent at a wide range of public, private, and performing arts schools in the U.S. and Canada. He currently serves as the Senior Advisor, Special Projects at Ryerson University. JenniferHamilton EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CACUSS/ASEUCC Jennifer began her career in Student Affairs in 1997 after graduating from the University of Guelph & Colorado State University. She has worked at 6 institutions in student affairs in Canada and the US in her 15 year career. She has two children aged 6 and 3 years old. Jennifer made a career change in September 2010. Heather LaneVetere VICE-PROVOST, STUDENTS, RYERSON UNIVERSITY Heather’s large & diverse portfolio includes admissions, enrollment services, student services, athletics, etc. She earned a PhD from Bowling Green State University in Higher Education Administration. Her previous positions have included Dean of Students at Victoria University , & Executive Director of Student Housing Services at the University of Guelph. Heather lives with her husband and two dogs, obsessively knits socks and just last year got her motorcycle license.
  5. 5. InHer Shoes: Women &Work/LifeBalance began as a presentation at CACUSS2011,and received a surprisingly strong response. “• Jen & Lesley began the conversation as colleagues at Ryerson in 2010. • At CACUSS 2011, their session was attended by 55 and received a significant amount of feedback indicating a desire to continue the dialogue. • In February 2012, an article titled «In Her Shoes: Women and Work/Life Balance in Student Affairs» was published in CACUSS’ Communique. • A survey of the CACUSS membership was conducted in February 2012 to gather data about work/life balance within Student Affairs.
  6. 6. The following data sets are highlights from a survey conducted to the CACUSS/ASEUCC membership in February 2012.
  7. 7. General demographic information relating to institutions associated with CACUSS. INSTITUTIONSIZE 47.6% - Large (over 22,000) 23.1% - Med (12-22,000) 19.0% - Small (4-12,000) 10.2% - V. Small (Under 4,000) CAMPUSTYPE 69.9% Commuter 30.1% Residential GEOGRAPHICDISTRIBUTION Majority of responses from Ontario, Alberta & British Columbia (76.8%). CACUSS/ASEUCCDIVISIONS Representation from all divisions, with majority (64.3%) from SASA.
  8. 8. « How many years have you worked in Student Affairs? » 0% 5% 10% 15% 20% 25% 30% 35% 0-2Years 2-5Years 6-10 Years 11-20 Years 20+ Years
  9. 9. « How would you identify yourself professionally? » 4% 19% 22% 40% 15% Admin Support FrontLine Program Facilitation Management
  10. 10. « Please identify your gender: » 16% 84% Males Females
  11. 11. « Do you identify with any of these groups? (Check any that apply) » 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70%
  12. 12. « What number of dependents do you have? » 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 0 1 2 3 4
  13. 13. « Is career and life balance a challenge for you? » 59% 8% 33% Yes No Somewhat
  14. 14. « Is work life balance more of an issue for: » 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% Men Women Equal forallgenders
  15. 15. « What are the primary challenges to your ability to maintain a good work/life balance? (Check all that apply) » 53% 62% 77% 59% Time management Balancing familycommitments Balancing career goals with personal goals Balancing w ongoing PD (Associations,Post-grad, Certifications, etc.)
  16. 16. « Do you see achieving Work/Life balance as an issue for Student Affairs professionals? » 81.0% 2.2% 16.8% Yes No Somewhat
  17. 17. General integration perceptions & preferences: Is balance a challenge for you? Top strategies to manage balance: Current career goals: Is this an issue for S.A. professionals? Males Yes – 76.2%  No – 4.8% Somewhat – 19% Network (86.4%), Calendar (59.1%), Fitness (54.5%) Retirement (57.1%), Promotion (52.4%), Post- grad (33.3%) Yes – 78.9%  No – 5.3% Somewhat – 15.8% Females Yes – 56.7%  No – 7.5% Somewhat – 35.8% Network (85.3%), Calendar (78.4%), Fitness (54.3%), Wellness Professionals (49.1%) Retirement (50.9%), Promotion (43.4%), Post-grad (37.7%) Yes – 80.9%  No – 1.7% Somewhat – 17.4% Single Yes – 55.1%  No – 9% Somewhat – 35.9% Network (85.9%), Calendar (78.2%), Fitness (57.7%), Wellness Professionals (48.7%) Promotion (52.8%), Retirement (45.8%), Post-grad (41.7%) Entrepreneurial (15.3%) Yes – 77.3%  No – 2.7% Somewhat – 20% With Dependents Yes – 64.6%  No – 6.2% Somewhat – 29.2% Network (87.1%), Calendar (71%), Fitness (50%), Wellness Professionals (43.5%) Retirement (60.3%), Promotion (34.5%), Post-grad (31%) Yes – 85.5%  No – 1.6% Somewhat – 12.9%
  18. 18. Gender & work/life fit perceptions: Does Work/Life Balance Differ by Gender? Can taking time off limit career options? Work/life balance is more of an issue for: Males Yes – 58.8% No – 41.2% Yes – 80% No – 20% Equal for all – 100% Females Yes – 68.8% No – 31.3% Yes – 74.8% No – 25.2% Women – 61.9% Equal for all – 38.1% Single Yes – 63.4% No – 36.6% Yes – 76.4% No – 23.6% Women – 50.7% Equal for all – 49.3% With Dependents Yes – 72.1% No – 27.9% Yes – 75.8% No – 24.2% Women – 55.7% Equal for all – 44.3%
  19. 19. “ « I think in Student Affairs, in general, we really have a strong martyrdom syndrome- we work long hours but feel like we need to perform this obligatory suffering in order to make it look like we are doing important work. Its not uncommon for folks to brag/backdoor-complain about having to stay up until 3am getting work done or having to be available 24/7 for their students- but this is not a sustainable model. » « Aside from the guilt at home I addressed earlier, I also think there is the workplace guilt. Missing evening events, inflexibility before and after work, having to leave for a sick child etc. I often want to support my peers doing an event i.e. Black History month in the evening but my personal committments interfer. Tough to get a promotion if you are always having to leave at ‘quitting time’… » « There is a reason I look around the Student Affairs units at my institution and see more and more women leaving during their child raising years. It is unfortunate that this field does not easily support parents who want to work part-time, or even regular hours. » « …while I think active parents face some of the biggest challenges with work-life balance, I think new professionals without families are just as much at risk. Sometimes it feels like those who are married or have children are encouraged to take time to maintain these relationships while those who do not have those obligations do not receive the same messages and can find themselves faced with more work than expected as a result. » « We work in environments of enormous privilege --lovely campuses, decently paid, benefits & pensions, client groups amongst the top quartile/half of the population in terms of intelligence, resilience, communication stills. So if the price to be paid is extra time on campus to 'go the extra mile' for our students, we should be glad to have the opportunity. »
  20. 20. Remember – you can also ask questions to the panelists via twitter by using the #INHERSHOES12 hashtag! Alyssa Graham RESIDENCE LIFE COORDINATOR, HUMBER COLLEGE She just finished a two year stint as an RLC in Calgary, AB, where she worked with a Princess and saw a lot of mountains. She holds an undergrad degree from the University of Guelph and enjoys fiction, feminism, and the food network. John Austin SENIOR ADVISOR, SPECIAL PROJECTS RYERSON UNIVERSITY John received his M.Ed. in Higher Education from the University of North Carolina and his Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership, Policy & Administration from Fordham University in New York City. His 19 year career in Student Affairs/Services has been spent at a wide range of public, private, and performing arts schools in the U.S. and Canada. He currently serves as the Senior Advisor, Special Projects at Ryerson University. JenniferHamilton EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CACUSS/ASEUCC Jennifer began her career in Student Affairs in 1997 after graduating from the University of Guelph & Colorado State University. She has worked at 6 institutions in student affairs in Canada and the US in her 15 year career. She has two children aged 6 and 3 years old. Jennifer made a career change in September 2010. HeatherLaneVetere VICE-PROVOST, STUDENTS, RYERSON UNIVERSITY Heather’s large & diverse portfolio includes admissions, enrollment services, student services, athletics, etc. She earned a PhD from Bowling Green State University in Higher Education Administration. Her previous positions have included Dean of Students at Victoria University , & Executive Director of Student Housing Services at the University of Guelph. Heather lives with her husband and two dogs, obsessively knits socks and just last year got her motorcycle license.
  21. 21. • How do you navigate your career as a woman and/or support women in their careers? • What were defining challenges? Successes? • What words of advice would you offer women working in student affairs?
  22. 22. If you found this session interesting, please check out the following online resources to hear more about issues facing women in leadership & Student Affairs. twitter.com/jengonzales8 twitter.com/lesleydsz #WISA, #WLSalt, #CdnWISA www.naspa.org/kc/wisa/ http://wisakc.wordpress.com www2.myacpa.org/what-is-scw We’d love to hear from you! Google Map Twitter Email @jengonzales8 j8gonzal@ryerson.ca @lesleydsz lesleyd@ryerson.ca

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