Adult Caregivers Employee Resource Group: Shedding Light on Culture Change of the University Caregiver

Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2024 | Time: 12:00 – 1:00pm  | Location: Virtual – Zoom

Event Description

Cultural awareness is important for caregivers because it encourages an authentic understanding of what it means to be a caregiver in our society today.  What are the implications for caregiving? This includes understanding the influence of culture as it relates to care.

In this session, we will explore the current culture of caregiving and its implications for the future of caregiving.

An Employee Resource Group is a free employee-led group (open to all MSU employee types including faculty, academic, support staff, and post-docs) that fosters inclusivity and builds community for those with common lived experiences by providing group discussion and learning opportunities, programming, and platforms for sharing resources. The Adult Caregiver Employee Resource Group is a place for Spartans to connect on adult caregiving issues (including elder care and other adult care, like adult children, spouses, etc.). The goal of the group is to discuss related topics with the goal of connecting, sharing resources, building community, and sharing best practices regarding adult caregiving.  

The Adult Caregiver ERG meets on the 2nd Tuesday from 12-1 pm during the academic year in the form of educational Zoom webinars, interactive “Ask the Expert” panel format meetings, as well as in-person family-friendly programs and events. 

No membership is needed and there is no cost to attend.

Learning Objectives

  • The culture of caregiving
  • The importance of networking
  • Supports and resources

About the Speaker: Eileen Lawless, University of Arizona

As a Dependent Care Specialist at the University of Arizona, Eileen provides support and resources to caregivers of adults aged 18 to end of life. She holds a master’s degree in social work from Hunter College School of Social Work, and a Graduate Certificate in Innovations in Aging from the University of Arizona.  She has over 20 years of experience working in hospice, skilled nursing, and assisted living communities, specializing in program development, memory and behavioral care support, and training and quality care for personal and professional caregivers. Eileen is dedicated to changing culture and improving work-life integration for caregivers.