Interim President Call and Wednesday’s Balancing Work and Caregiving: A Best Practices Teach-In

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Interim President Call

The role of interim president of UAUO is open! We invite members to express their interest in that position or other ways of participating more in your union. One or more members of the current Executive Committee will be happy to meet with anyone interested (or even just possibly interested, thinking about becoming interested, and so on) to help you learn more about the position and other ways to be involved. If you would like to serve as interim president, please send us a candidate statement, which we will post publicly on the UAUO website. All union members in good standing will be able to give feedback to the EC, and the EC will use that input as they appoint a new interim president to serve a one-year term. This is the normal process by which UAUO replaces officers of the union who step down before their term of service has elapsed.

More detail: Our current interim president, Avinnash Tiwari, is leaving the UO after this Spring term. In previous instances of mid-term presidential departures, we have created a consistent procedure: potential candidates express interest by submitting a candidate statement, members are welcome to send in their opinions, and the EC appoints the interim replacement. We last did this a year ago when Avinnash stepped in to replace Chris Sinclair (another wonderful president) shortly after that year’s full board election.

The new interim president will serve until the general UA leadership election in Spring 2023, at which time all positions open for new candidates. If you meet with us to learn more about the interim president role but determine that it won’t quite work for you, we hope you’ll consider running for a position in 2023 or that you’ll look at openings we have for committees and/or representative and steward positions.

Balancing Work and Caregiving: A Best Practices Teach-In. This Wednesday!

On Wednesday, April 27, the Center for the Study of Women in Society (CSWS) and United Academics (UA) will host “Balancing Work and Caregiving: A Best Practices Teach-In.”

Both CSWS and UA have been advocating for caregivers in the University of Oregon community since the start of the pandemic. CSWS launched the Caregiver Campaign special project, advocating for greater flexibility and support in administrative policies, while UA has developed a Caregiving article for collective bargaining this year. This teach-in is designed to complement those efforts.

The event will draw upon faculty experiences during the pandemic to suggest best practices for being a care ally, drawing on creative solutions that come from the bottom up—often at the department, program, or unit level. Through providing real-life examples, event organizers aim to help UO community members who are caregivers themselves and/or want to be care allies to come up with concrete plans and at least two practices they may implement with others in their unit. By the end of the session, attendees will have a better idea of how to navigate common caregiving challenges in the academic setting, advocate for their needs, and support their caregiving colleagues.

In addition, the teach-in will allow caregivers and caregiving allies to identify other colleagues in different schools and departments who share an interest in issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion at UO. ​​Because engagement with caregiving issues has become so critical during the pandemic, a time when social isolation was the norm, many individual efforts have largely grown in isolation. This teach-in provides an opportunity to identify a caregiving and caregiver-ally community in our institution.

Event panelists include Maria Fernanda Escallón, Anthropology; Lynn Fujiwara, Indigenous, Race and Ethnic Studies; Melissa Graboyes, History; Deborah Green, Religious Studies; and Lynn Stephen, Anthropology.

The teach-in will be held Wednesday, April 27, from 12-2 p.m. on Zoom. The meeting link is