Preliminary Interviews & Focus Groups
Over the last several years, UMass Lowell faculty have provided feedback about specific experiences, needs, and desires to help better understand the issues. Our aim from those interviews and focus groups is to provide a summary of what we have heard and what we are working on for the future.
The main concerns that we heard fall into broad categories:
- Feeling invisible and/or not valued
- Daily interactions that marginalize (& reduce access to important resources)
- Lack of clarity about expectations
- Inequity in demands experienced by women vs. men across departments and colleges
- Work-life balance issues
The WAVES initiative was designed to address these concerns.