The impact of COVID-19 on people’s lives and careers is just now beginning to be realized. In terms of how the pandemic has changed the lives of people in academia, most studies have looked at faculty and students. We believe it is important to learn about staff experiences related to the pandemic, especially women staff who may have had unique experiences because of their gender. Indeed, the COVID-19 pandemic risks the gains achieved over the past quarter century for gender equity. And yet, in some circumstances, the changes it brought about provide opportunities for greater flexibility in work. To better understand the impact of COVID-19 on women staff in academia, we are conducting 60-minute focus groups with women staff at the University of Utah.
One focus group will be with women who worked remotely during the pandemic and the other will be with women who worked on campus. If you are willing to participate in a focus group, please get in touch with Rebekah Clark (graduate research assistant) at firstname.lastname@example.org and let her know which focus group you will be a part of (worked remotely/worked on campus.)
Thank you so much for your participation!