Lactation Room in UW1 128!

 

The UW1 128 Lactation Station access has been changed to a card reader. Your husky card can be used to gain access, please contact Campus Safety to activate your card.

For room owners, please send me a list of users so I can add them to this list.

Thank you,

Therese Grant

thgrant@uw.edu

425-352-5404

 

 

Good Morning Therese,

Our team has completed the card access installation to UW1-128.  It is programmed and tested and is now working properly.

You will have to first work with Campus Safety to decide who will be authorized to access / use this room via card access.

After cards have been authorized

OPERATIONAL INSTRUCTIONS:

As the user of this room first looks for the outside to say VAC for vacant.

VACANT MODE: You will see VAC

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If (VAC) Vacant, then the user will gain access using the card reader,

Then the user can enter and turn the thumb turn from inside which will turn the outside indicator to (OCC) or Occupied .

OCCUPIED MODE:   you will see OCC

 

Thank you for allowing us to serve you.

 

Anthony Guerrero, MBA, CEFP, CFM

Associate  Vice Chancellor for Facilities Services and Campus Operations

University of Washington Bothell

UW Box # 358575

11125 NE 180th Street

 

 

 

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Newsletter!

Parent Union Newsletter Drafted by Ruth Medina

 

What Great News from the Chancellors Office!

The following information was sent out earlier today:

“The Washington State Legislature adopted RCW 43.70.640 in favor of workplace breastfeeding. In it, the legislature encouraged state and local governmental agencies to consider the benefits of providing convenient, sanitary, safe, and private rooms for mothers to express breast milk. UW Bothell is in full support of this legislative policy.

In response to the above mentioned policy as well as our growing campus population and increased need we are transitioning the following rooms effective Thursday, May 5, 2016.

  • Founders Hall (UW1) 128 – currently used as a multi-purpose room, will become a permanent dedicated lactation station. Alternate locations of kitchenettes to store and eat lunch are UW1 228 & 328.
  • Commons Hall (UW2) 336 – designated as a temporary lactation station that will be available from May 5 to September 27, utilization of this space will be assessed at a later date.

In addition to the lactation spaces we also have multi-use quiet/lactation rooms located in Husky Hall 1419 and Beardsley Crossing 102U.

For information on room scheduling, contacts, and amenities please go to UW Bothell Lactation Station web page.”

On behalf of The Parent Union we are inviting all of our members to thank our Chancellor for this great initiative!

Club Recognition Ceremony Wednesday, May 18, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

AWARDS for Graduating Parenting Students

The Parent Union at UW Bothell recognizes the challenges that parenting students go through to attain their degrees. Therefore, if you are graduating this year we would like to congratulate you and honor you with an award during the club recognition ceremony! If you would like to receive an award please provide us with your full name and major by May 9th.  If you also know of anyone who deserves this award please share the news and provide them with our contact information.

AWARDS for supportive staff and faculty

IF you are a faculty or staff member who has been in constant support of parenting students, we would also like to award you please send us your full name and title by May 9th so that you may receive your award. Students, staff and faculty if you know of anyone else who deserves this award please let us know or give them our contact information.

If you are unable to attend the banquet you may pick up your award at our regular Parent Union meetings Mondays from 11-noon.

SAF has awarded The Parent Union

  1. Family Friendly Proposal- In January the Parent Union submitted a proposal requesting SAF funds ($21,333) for making our campus more family friendly 2016-2017. SAF has granted our proposal and is waiting approval from the board of regents this June.
  2. Childcare Assistance Program- In January the Parent Union submitted a proposal requesting SAF funds ($300,000) for financial childcare assistance to qualifying parenting students 2016-2017. SAF has granted our proposal providing $105,000 and is awaiting approval from the board of regents this June.

What this means is that The Parent Union has been granted a total of $126,333 in support of parenting students, special thanks to SAF! Please make sure to thank them at safuwb.@gmail.com

Playdates

We have conducted our first playdates this quarter! And we are excited to continue to work with you to include your children on campus, we meet every Friday at 10am in the ARC first floor.  Come join us with your kiddos ready to learn and play!

Parent Union Meetings

The Parent Union will continue to meet every Monday at the ARC from 11am-noon. Please don’t hesitate to stop by, say hello, vent or come search for resources available to you that you may not know about!

 

Thank you,

The Parent Union Officers

Ruth Medina, Jessica Cole, Rebecca Diamond, Adekunle Lawal, Kayleigh Siaris

medinar@live.com jcrc626@hotmail.com Rebecca_diamond13@yahoo.com kay_siaris@hotmail.com adekunlelawal@hotmail.com

At the promenade!

Hello Parent Union Members!

first playdate flyer

We just wanted to give you all notice that we will be in the promenade (outside of UW1 and UW2) handing out Parent Union T-shirts tomorrow from 9AM-3:30PM.  We will be releasing our playdate schedule for the next 4 weeks and we will have a sign up sheet for the email list.  Please stop by and see us!

I’ve attached the playdate flyer for those who won’t be able to make it out to the school during those times.

Thanks,

Jessica Cole
jcrc626@uw.edu
Making School Accessible Project
The Parent Union

Newsletter

Hello Parent Union members!

 I hope that you are all settling into Winter quarter and are finding your classes to be enjoyable!  We are emailing you for a few reasons: there are a few things to update you on, we have an update to the open positions list, and we just want you to know that we are still here.

First: the updates

 This month a few programs were released to support parents on our campus.  With information from the survey that people so kindly responded to we were able to negotiate some programs: sick child care, priority placement at two Kindercare locations in our area, and discounts at Champions and Kindercare.  For more information please see the attached flyer.  We hope that these services will allow you greater access to your education at UWB.

This week, as the Parent Union, we submitted two proposals to the annual SAF budget committee.  One proposal focused on making spaces on campus more family friendly by adding toys to different spaces.  We are requesting funds to place toys in the library, writing center, Quantitative Skills Center, Husky Hall, UW1, Discovery Hall, the Commons, Food For Thought, and UW2.  The second proposal is requesting funds to grant students who need to supplement their childcare costs.  As part of the process Ruth and I will be presenting our case to the SAF committee on Friday, February 12th at 9:15-9:25AM and at 10:30-10:40AM.  We are very excited about these proposals because this would impact 100’s of students on campus.  We believe that your support can strengthen the proposals, you can show your support by coming to the SAF committee hearing on Friday, February 12th or write a letter to the SAF committee that explains how these proposals would impact you.  If you decide to write a letter please send them to Ruth or myself.  To view the proposals, see attached documents.

Another update is that we welcomed our new Chief Marketing Officer Adekunle Lawal this month.  Adekunle is working towards his Master’s in Education here at UWB.  Adekunle has hit the ground running and is planning our next event: Night Fest on February 3rd.  Adekunle has experience with school aged children through his before/after school programming work.  We are excited and honored to have him on our team and we know that with his help we will be able to make the Parent Union a long lasting institution on our campus.  Adekunle will be managing the table at Night Fest and we encourage you to come meet our newest officer.

Next: Announcements

 Our first announcement is that (as you know) we will be tabling at Night Fest.  Please bring your kids because we will a game and give aways for our little husky pups!  Night Fest will be on February 3rd at the ARC on the top floor from 4PM-7PM.  We hope to see you there!

Our second announcement is that Ruth Medina has created a website that serves as a resource for parenting students and gives details on the history of the Parent Union and the Making School Accessible Project.  If you want to learn more about what the Parent Union is up to, or about the history of the union please visit the following website:

https://theparentunion.wordpress.com/

Our final announcement is that our officer Rebecca Diamond’s Dance Club is hosting an event on February 19th at 7PM.  It will be a dance concert and children are welcome!

Finally: Positions to Fill

 On that note, we have more positions to fill!  If you feel passionate about making change happen on our campus, and you realize the benefit of supporting parenting students at UWB, please consider applying for one of the following positions:

Chief Planning Officer: coordinates and plans events on behalf of the Parent Union.

Treasurer:  completes all funding requests for the Parent Union as well as monitoring yearly budgets.

We only have two positions left, so please email us if you are interested.  Not only will you be contributing to a worthy cause but the title will look good on your resume too!

You can apply by emailing myself or Ruth Medina.  Your email should include your name, major, class (freshman, sophomore, junior or senior), and the reason why you want to be involved.

Closing

 We are so thankful to have each and every one of you as members of the Parent Union at UWB, and we know that with you there isn’t anything that we couldn’t do.  If you feel that you are unable to commit to one of the positions above, please know that we can use your help in other ways as well.  From getting your ideas on ways that UWB can be more accessible to helping out at events, we can use any help possible.

Also, we recognize that being a parenting student is full of hard decisions, sacrifices, and tight schedules, we are here to lend an ear, or a shoulder to cry upon.  Please contact us if you just need someone to talk to or brainstorm solutions with.  We are here for you!

Best,

Jessica Cole & Ruth Medina

Jessica Cole
jcrc626@uw.edu
Making School Accessible Project
The Parent Union

Ruth Medina
medinar@live.com
Right to Childcare
Making School Accessible

 

 

Parent Union Meeting

Hello Parent Union Members!

I am emailing you all to update you on what is happening with the Parent Union.  There are three main events that are very important to know about, a meeting between the Parent Union and UWB/ UW Seattle, the survey released yesterday, and finally a call for volunteers.

The Meeting between the Parent Union and UW

The meeting included the following people:

Chelsea Knodel – Director of Auxiliary Services

Christine Lavelle – Director of Contracts and Risk Management

Beth Beam – Assistant Vice Chancellor for Organizational Excellence and HR

Amy Hawkins – Director WorkLife and Childcare Development, UW Seattle HR

Ruth Medina

Jessica Cole

Amy Hawkins has been working on expanding childcare services on the Seattle campus and through her work she has accumulated $3million for childcare services.  Unfortunately, Bothell will not be receiving any of those funds.

The goal of the meeting was for Amy Hawkins to present a proposal as well as for the Parent Union to present a proposal to the administration.  Amy Hawkin’s proposal to UWB and The Parent Union was about sick child care, emergency care and priority placement at Kindercare locations in our area.  The proposal that the Parent Union submitted was regarding a coalition with the YMCA to bring an onsite childcare to UWB as well as a proposal to hire a staff member who would continue to make the campus family friendly (such as Amy Hawkins).

After the proposals were presented we all took on tasks to make them reality.  One of those tasks was to survey the UWB campus (students, staff, and faculty) to find out preferred locations for the potential Kindercare contract.

The Survey

The Parent Union recently sent out a survey to all staff and faculty as well as all of those who claimed dependents on the FAFSA.  This survey will serve as a resource for The Parent Union to use as leverage when advocating for an onsite childcare.  It also allows us to make decisions based on what the parent population at UWB needs from their campus in order to have full access to their education.  Please take some time to complete the survey so that we may present accurate data to UW and so that you are represented in the decisions that are being made on your behalf.

You can find the survey at the following link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WZYSH38

A Call for Help

While we recognize how busy all of our members are, we really need help to make our campus family friendly.  Ruth and I have been spending most of our time advocating for childcare services, and don’t have time to plan and implement the most important thing that the Parent Union needs to do: community building.  After receiving responses on the survey, we realize that it is even more important than we initially thought.  Here are some of the survey responses that show how important developing an on-campus parent community is:

One parent asks for a “parent support group to get to know other parents on campus”

Another asks for “campus events that are family friendly”

Other parents offered ideas to make our campus more accessible to parent-students, here are some of their ideas:

“Better technology in conference rooms would allow for virtual attendance to meetings”
“Campus Housing for families”

“Drop-In childcare services [to use the] laboratory”

“Onsite hot food option to provide meals”

“Childcare at after hour events”

*The above comments were taken from the childcare survey released on Tuesday November 24th 2015.  This survey is active until December 2rd 2015.

As a result of this information we realize that there is a lot of work to be done.  So we need the following positions to be filled as soon as possible to start working on filling the need on campus:

Chief Marketing Officer: coordinates with Chief Planning Officer to develop, create, and distribute marketing materials with respect to campus rules and regulations.

Chief Planning Officer: coordinates and plans events on behalf of the Parent Union.

Treasurer:  completes all funding requests for the Parent Union as well as monitoring yearly budgets.

If you are interested in filling one of these positions, please email Ruth Medina and myself:

Ruth Medina medinar@live.com

Jessica Cole jcrc626@uw.edu

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this very long email.  As a campus community we are diverse in our skills, specialties, and background.  We can use that to our advantage and leave our legacy at UWB.  Let us make our community more parent and family friendly!

Sincerely,

Jessica Cole & Ruth Medina

Officers of the Parent Union

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome back this fall of 2015 at the Parent Union!

Hello Parent Union!
I hope that this email finds you settling into your routine for Fall 2015.  I am emailing you today to update you of events that occurred over the summer as well as start a dialogue about what is to come this quarter.
The officers of the Parent Union were hard at work this summer:
  • Ruth Medina traveled to Washington DC where she advocated for Parent’s Rights and networked with politicians that are interested in our cause.
  • Rebecca Diamond & Ruth Medina coordinated a brilliant welcome week performance and information table to promote the Parent Union.  This resulted in the Parent Union gaining several new members!
  • Jessica Cole (myself) compiled a research report about parent run cooperative preschools at institutes of higher learning.  (If anyone is interested in viewing this I can send it to you)
Another interesting update that is both exciting and dismaying is that UW Seattle recently announced that they will dedicate $3 million dollars to child care services.  We hoped that UWB would see some of these funds, but unfortunately the funding is strictly for the Seattle campus.  The following article will fill you in on the details:
I hope that you will all think of this as an opportunity.  The Seattle campus just set a precedent that could cause waves in the UW tri-campus community.  If we all pool together our collective talents and efforts we could ride the wake of this precedent and achieve our goal of a child care at UWB.  We are now the only UW campus without child care.
On that note, the more members that the Parent Union has, the more effective we will be at fighting for our cause.  We ask that you all take a moment during this quarter to tell your classmates about the Parent Union and let them know that they can join and help.  There are multiple ways to do this:
  • Announce the Parent Union in class
  • Send out an email over canvas to all of your classmates
  • Post a flyer in your classroom
All of these would require permission from your instructor as well as following all of the rules about posting flyers.  I’ve attached a copy of a flyer for the Parent Union.  The rules about posting flyers are available on the UWB website through the following link:
Finally, we are welcoming suggestions on how to create a space where members can be involved without having to be at a meeting.  We understand that all of our lives are busy, chaotic, and extremely short on time, so if there is a way where we could all contribute at times and intervals that would best serve our lifestyles we would love to hear about it!
Thank you all for your time, I know that this was a long email!  We look forward to hearing your ideas, thoughts and responses!
Sincerely,
Jessica Cole
425-387-2489
The Parent Union
The Making School Accessible Project