Day Two: Breakout Sessions

Topic Areas: Special Events

Date: 
May 15, 2014 - 9:00am - 5:30pm
Location: 
Rackham, 915 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1070

 


This 3-day interdisciplinary, multi-sector conference will focus on identifying and combating barriers that women living in poverty face as they seek economic security and mobility. National researchers and practitioners will join U-M faculty, bringing multiple perspectives to this complex concern with policy recommendations as the expected outcome. Women & Economic Security is a joint conference presented by the Center for the Education of Women (CEW), University of Michigan, and Re:Gender (formerly the National Council for Research on Women).

Use Hashtag:  #MakeEndsMeet

 

Conference Agenda | Day One with Keynote Sheryl WuDunn

Day Two Breakout Sessions | Day Three Action Agenda

Conference Registration | Speakers | Sponsors

Area Information | General Conference Information

  


Day Two, Thursday, May 15
Focus on Good Jobs: What Are They? Who Gets Them? How Do They Keep Them?

Continental Breakfast (8am-9am) Main Lobby, First Floor

Welcome (9am-9:15am) Rackham Auditorium, First Floor
Maria Schneider, Relationship Manager, Institutional Relationships, TIAA-CREF Financial Services

 

 

 

 


Good Jobs for Women With Low Income (9:15am-10:30am)

Moderator: Laura Lein, Dean, School of Social Work, University of Michigan
Panelists: Barbara Gault, Executive Director & Vice President, Institute for Women’s Policy Research; Anne Ladky, Executive Director, Women Employed; and Saru Jayaraman, Co-Founder & Co-Director of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC-United) and Director of the Food Labor Research Center at University of California, Berkeley.

Break (10:30-11am) Main Lobby, First Floor

StoryTelling Booth (10am-12pm) Main Lobby, First Floor
A StoryTelling Booth, presented and staffed by WUOM, Michigan Radio, will be located in the Main Lobby, 1st Floor. Please stop by to share your story about what life is like for women living in poverty, or about policy changes that could increase women’s economic security. The booth will be open Thursday 10:00 am–Noon and 1:00–3:00 pm.

Bookstore (10:30am - 1:30 pm) East end of the Rackham building lobby
Local bookstore Literati will be selling a selection of books written by conference speakers or recommended by local experts. Saru Jayaraman will sign copies of her book Behind the Kitchen Door at the bookstore following her presentation Thursday morning.
 

Living Jobs (11am-12pm) Rackham Auditorium, First Floor
Adesola Akinleye, Artistic Director, Dancing Strong, and Lecturer in Music, U-M-Flint
Based on interviews with and the active participation of women with low-income, this professional dance presentation and film performance were created to capture the women’s experiences and beliefs about good jobs. The performance will be followed by a Q&A with the director and performers.
Dancers: Abby Alwin, Adesola Akinleye, Rachael Ahn Harbert, Lisa LaMarre, Ryan Myers-Johnson; Film: Barry Lewis and Emil Charlaff; Costumes: Patty Branam

Lunch (12pm-1pm) Assembly Hall, 4th Floor

StoryTelling Booth (1pm-3pm) Main Lobby, First Floor
A StoryTelling Booth, presented and staffed by WUOM, Michigan Radio, will be located in the Main Lobby, 1st Floor. Please stop by to share your story about what life is like for women living in poverty, or about policy changes that could increase women’s economic security. The booth will be open Thursday 10:00 am–Noon and 1:00–3:00 pm.

Breakout Sessions: Barriers to Getting and Keeping Good Jobs (1pm-5:30pm)
In each of the six breakout sessions, using data, research, and lived experiences, a scholar and an activist/practitioner will analyze the impact of the specific issue on women who are trying to get and keep good jobs. Following that analysis, each group of participants will formulate policy alternatives for addressing their issue. Participants will each select one of the following issues. Please indicate your selections in the Conference Registration.

Breakout 1: Paid Sick Time/FMLA/Paid Family Leave
Earl Lewis Room, 3rd Floor
Ruth Milkman, Professor of Sociology, City University of New York, and Danielle Atkinson, Founding Director, Mothering Justice
Paid sick time and FMLA legislation have been shown to help women working in low-wage positions keep jobs, yet many states have failed to extend these policies past federal minimum requirements. An activist and a scholar will present on the role of paid sick time legislation and the Family Medical Leave Act in supporting women working in low-wage positions. Following, a facilitator will lead participants in developing a set of recommendations related to extensions in current paid sick time and FMLA policies.

Breakout 2: Pay Issues
East Conference Room, 4th Floor
Sarah Jane Glynn, Associate Director for Women's Economic Policy Center for American Progress, and Kim Bobo, Executive Director, Interfaith Justice
Pay issues, such as wage theft and gender pay inequity, affect both men and women, yet women disproportionately experience these issues in the workplace. A practitioner and a scholar will present on how pay issues in the workplace (e.g. wage theft, gender pay inequity) disproportionately affect women. Following, a facilitator will lead participants in developing a set of recommendations related to pay issues.

Breakout 3: Workforce Development and Training
Amphitheatre, 4th Floor
Colby Spencer Cesaro, Director of Research, Workforce Intelligence Network, and Pamela Moore, President & Chief Executive Office, Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation (MI Works! Agency
Workforce development programs are increasingly cognizant that women working in low-wage positions have unique contexts, life experiences and needs. A practitioner and a researcher will present on how workforce development programs are addressing the training needs of women working in low-wage positions. Following, a facilitator will lead participants in developing a set of recommendations related to workforce development.

Breakout 4: Child and Dependent Care
East Study Hall, 2nd Floor
Valerie Polakow, Professor of Educational Psychology and Early Childhood, and Educational Studies Doctoral Program, Eastern Michigan University, and Jennie McAlpine, Director, Work/Life Resource Center, University of Michigan
Women working in low-wage positions report childcare as one of the biggest barriers to getting and keeping jobs. An activist and a scholar will present on how childcare issues (e.g. accessibility, quality of care, cost of care) are associated with women’s ability to gain and maintain employment in low-wage positions. Following, a facilitator will lead participants in developing a set of recommendations related to childcare.

Breakout 5: Re-entry to the Workforce After Difficult Past
West Study Hall, 2nd Floor
Sheryl Kubiak, Professor of School of Social Work and Consortium for Gender-Based Violence, Michigan State University, and Kenyatta Brame, Executive Vice President, Cascade Engineering
Having a difficult past (e.g. prison, substance abuse, intimate partner violence, engagement in sex work) can hinder women’s participation in the workforce. A practitioner and a scholar will present on how adverse past experiences can affect women’s re-entry in to the formal workforce, and current work to support women’s re-entry. Following, a facilitator will lead participants in developing a set of recommendations related to re-entry.

Breakout 6: Basic Needs
West Conference Room, 4th Floor
Luke Shaefer, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, University of Michigan, and Terri Stangl, Director, Center for Civil Justice 
Basic needs such as food, public transportation, and housing are essential for survival and employment, yet many women struggle to obtain these needed resources. A practitioner and a scholar will present on how having or not having basic needs affects women’s participation in the workforce, as well as current approaches to supporting women’s workforce participation through providing basic needs. Following, a facilitator will lead participants in developing a set of recommendations related to basic needs.


 

#WESconf as the conference hashtag for live tweeting! Additional hashtags appropriate for conference tweets include:   #makeendsmeet   #women   #poverty

The Twitter feeds for CEW and Re:Gender are: @CEWatUM and @Re_Gender

 


 

Thank you!
This event is one of the Michigan Meetings, a series of annual interdisciplinary meetings on topics of national and international significance sponsored by the Rackham Graduate School.

CEW thanks TIAA-CREF, our Premier Anniversary Sponsor for their generous support of all of our Anniversary events. We also thank our Event Contributing Sponsors, Morgan Stanley and Ford Motor Company Fund, and The Ford Foundation for support of the Michigan Partners Project (MPP).

$150.00
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