MIT Faculty Work/Life Website Created
No doubt there is a lot of information “out there” to support MIT faculty in the area of work/life balance. The problem has been accessing this information – since it is located on so many different MIT Websites. Problem solved. Thanks to a generous donation from an alumnus and designation by Institute Professor Daniel I.C. Wang, the Center for Work, Family and Personal Life has created the MIT Faculty Work/Life Website to pull together these types of resources: web.mit.edu/facultyworklife.
The new site is a clearinghouse targeted to faculty, those who work with faculty, and all members of the MIT community seeking information on such matters as health and wellbeing, life outside of MIT, housing and commuting, and retirement and financial planning, specifically for faculty.
It is a complement to the Faculty Resources Website maintained by the Provost’s Office, which focuses on supporting the professional needs of faculty: web.mit.edu/faculty.
One of the unique features of the site is “Finding Community,” which includes a “Living in Boston” section, with links for black and African American faculty and their families; Hispanic and Latino faculty and their families; Asian and South Asian faculty and their families; and American Indian faculty and their families. It also highlights resources for lesbian, bisexual, gay, and transgender faculty and their families as well as resources for faculty with disabilities and their families. In addition, there are networking and mentoring links.
Along with providing a gateway to these resources, another goal of the new Website is to increase both internal and external awareness of the many facets of work/life. It is hoped the site can also serve as a recruiting tool, as it demonstrates that all are welcome at MIT, while promoting the value of balancing work and life for MIT faculty. The benefits of doing so are clear, as noted by President Hockfield, quoted on the site’s homepage: “Helping faculty members find a comfortable work/life balance fuels their creativity, fosters their extraordinary teaching and research, and strengthens the MIT community.”