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To say this past year has been challenging is an understatement. As the pandemics continue to impact our personal lives, many educators are exhausted, stressed, and overworked. Some are burned out. The constant “pivoting”, adapting, working more, differently and harder has taken its toll. Selfcare is not the usual ‘go to’ for educators who are inclined to help others. But research, science, experience, stories tell us taking time for ourselves [including listing to a podcast!] is very important. We invite you to experience …  m
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MSU faculty, staff and administrators were asked to provide thoughts and stories about working outside of their country of origin.
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MSU their place to embark on new experiences. Change isn’t easy and it often comes with lots of questions. The WorkLife Office has been reaching out to incoming faculty and staff to help connect to resources, services and answer questions. The WorkLife Office team is also available for candidates to be able to learn more about the work, life, family and culture at MSU, or may be referred by a supervisor or academic leader in order to provide candidates with more thorough information on the university.
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The question, "What have you both learned from each other?' prompted laughter, banter, and tears during a Zoom call with Christine (Carter) Leese, Chief of Staff at MSU’s Infrastructure Planning and Facilities, and her daughter Tiana Carter, Neuroscience student and Coordinator II at IPF. When it comes to Christine and Tiana’s story, the first chapter begins during Christine’s senior year of high school.
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Local artist Zahrah Resh’s latest iteration of her wondrous butterfly garden installations will be open to the public at Michigan State University Federal Credit Union Headquarters between March 4 and April 30, 2021.      
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Throughout the month, units and groups across campus are hosting speakers, media shares, activities, games, and other events. The WorkLife Office has collaborated with Women*s Student Services, Womxn’s Council, TransAction, Alliance, Transcend, James Madison College, Planned Parenthood Generation Action, Prevention Outreach and Education, the Center for Gender and Global Context, the Associated Students of MSU, the LBGT Resource Center, the Womxn of Color Community, and the Undergraduate Research Unit to create a shared calendar of all the events happening during March.
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I was fortunate enough to moderate a panel for WKAR Public Media’s event, “9to5: The story of a movement, the working women who organized and inspired change nationwide.” I got a glimpse of this movement first-hand. Growing up in the 1980’s, I saw my own mother transition from an office worker to an active member of her local union, a grievance representative, union president, and then an International Representative for the United Auto Workers (UAW). 
The WorkLife Office is a strong advocate of support for Spartans who are caregivers. We appreciate the struggles, we see the challenges, and we have resource and information to help. A recent New York Times article outlines the issue parents are facing. Now more than ever, we want to be sure you are aware of childcare. Please share this information with relevant staff and faculty members as these resources could benefit many people within the MSU community.
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AgeAlive celebrates the resilience and strength of the human spirit to rise above adversity, hang on to goodness, affect positive change, care for each other, and create joy. The inaugural AgeAlive Awards honor four deserving award recipients whose efforts are indeed helping to ensure a world in which there is respect, well-being, and quality of life for all people of all ages and abilities.