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The Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Work and Family (CACWF)

CACWF Committee Charge

The mission of the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Work and Family is to promote an environment for faculty, staff, non-Senate academics, post docs, and students that enhances their ability to meet their responsibilities to the University and their responsibilities to children, elders, partners and others. CACWF does this by advising the Chancellor and other campus administrators on strategies, practices, programs, policies and benefits that further this goal.

Contacting the Committee

To reach the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Work and Family, please contact the Co-Chairs at cacwf_chair@berkeley.edu, or see below for current Co-Chairs' contact info.

CACWF History and Accomplishments

This committee (formerly called Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Dependent Care) was formed in 1989. Over its history, CACWF has been effective in creating programs which support dependent care needs (e.g. the Elder Care program and CALcierge Office). CACWF has also advocated in support of the campus’s Early Childhood Education Program (ECEP) and made significant improvements on academic and staff personnel policies, as well as a wide range of other issues that affect family responsibilities.

In recognition of the fact that dependent care responsibilities of faculty and staff are not limited to child care, the committee's charge was expanded in 1991 to include advising campus administration on broad issues of dependent care, including the care of ill or disabled family members, friends and aging parents. In the summer of 2013, the committee formally expanded its purview to include the work/life concerns of student parents, and the name of the committee was changed to Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Work and Family to reflect the broader range of issues that it focuses on.

Since its creation, the committee's numerous accomplishments have had a wide impact on the well being of University constituents. The Berkeley campus has received many awards for its efforts in addressing work/life issues.

CACWF 2023-2024 Membership List



Contact Information

Rebecca Andersen,

Senior Director of Student & Alumni Career Development

School of Information


Lauren Beilin,

Policy Analyst

Student Affairs




Contact Information

Catherine "KT" Albiston, 



(510) 642-0493

Natasha Boissier,

Elder Care Counselor

Elder Care Program, University Health Services

(510) 643-7754


Taylor Brown

PhD Student

School of Social Welfare

Larissa Charnsangavej, 

Director, Graduate Student Life

Graduate Division

(510) 642-4071

Alison Gopnik,



(510) 642-2752

Kaetlin Henry,

Assistant Director, Scholar Services

Berkeley International Office

Tomie Lenear,


Student Parent Center


Heather Makiharju,

Academic Engagement Policy Analyst

Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Studies (UGIS) hmakiharju@berkeley.edu

Amari McGee,

Community Director

University Village

Tracy Pascua Dea,

Academic Climate Program Director

Office for Faculty Equity & Welfare tpd@berkeley.edu

Karen Patchell,

Be Well at Work Program Manager & Work/Life Program Lead

University Health Services (510) 642-8659

Esther Ramer,

Housing Accomodation Coordinator

Residential Services and Student Programs/Housing (RSSP)

F. Elizabeth Rios,

Undergraduate Student

English frios@berkeley.edu

Moises Roman,

Interim Executive Director

Early Childhood Education Program (ECEP)

Steven Segal,


School of Social Welfare spsegal@berkeley.edu

Janet Suko,

HR Benefits Program Coordinator

Human Resources

(510) 642-7883

Meghan Wynne,


Molecular and Cellular Biology

Administrative Liaison

 Campus Affiliation

Jolie Lam, 

Program Manager - Surigical Robotics & Health Informatics

CAL Womxn's Network (CWN)


Sarah Rhoades,

Undergraduate Academic Advisor - Rausser College of Natural Resources

Chancellor's Staff Advisory Committee (CSAC) sarahrhoades@berkeley.edu

The Committee would like to acknowledge Professor Judith Gruber, founder of the committee, who passed away June 2005

Other Committee Accomplishments:

Academic Calendar

The Committee provides comments on proposed academic calendars each year in hopes of coordinating the start of the fall semester, President's birthday, and spring break with K-12 academic schedules. The President's birthday is now consistent with K-12 schools and the fall semester is commencing closer to Labor Day. 

Academic and Staff Personnel Policies

A variety of academic and staff personnel policies have been improved over the last several years. These relate to paid and unpaid leave for pregnancy, parenting, and caring for ill family members. On the academic side these include tenure clock stoppage and active service/modified duties and flexible part-time positions. On the staff side, policies on sick leave have been expanded to include care for family members. A catastrophic leave-sharing program allows staff to donate vacation leave to those coworkers facing serious health problems, their own family's, requiring time off. FMLA has been implemented and is helpful to those requiring time off for their own or family's health problems, including paternity leave.

Adoption Benefits 

Effective Spring 2021, the UC Adoption benefit will provide reimbursement of up to $5,000 in adoption expenses for all UC employees. More information and details to come.

Backup Care Program for Faculty

UC Berkeley has partnered with Bright Horizons to offer all ladder rank faculty members and lecturers SOE back-up care when they need to be at work and their regular child or adult/elder care is unavailable. UCB ladder rank faculty and lecturers SOE are eligible to use up to 60 hours of back-up care per fiscal year (July 1 - June 30th). The current contract goes through June 30th, 2013.

Backup Care Program for Graduate & Undergraduate Students

Beginning Fall 2013, UC Berkeley has partnered with Bright Horizons to offer the Backup Care Advantage Program to undergraduate and graduate students when they need to be at work or school and their regular child or adult/elder care is unavailable. UCB undergraduate and graduate student are eligible to use up to 60 hours of back-up care per fiscal year  (July 1-June 30th).


New mothers can retain some of their sick leave (if they have more than 22 days available) until after delivery while still qualifying for disability income pre-birth of a child. The Committee's additional advocacy efforts to OP have included support of the now available longterm care insurance and domestic partner benefits.

Berkeley CareBubbles

Berkeley CareBubbles is a parent-to-parent resource to help UC Berkeley community members meet their child care needs during the Covid-19 pandemic. Find other Cal families looking to trade childcare, share tutors, create bubbles, and more

Breastfeeding Support Program

Lactation rooms have been established in various sites on campus, equipped with hospital grade breast pumps for nursing mothers to pump during the work day. In addition, individual breast pumps are sold through University Health Services/Be Well at Work Wellness at below market value and a lactation consultant offers a training session to moms at least once per semester.

Child Care

A campus survey and report with recommendations was published and approved in 1989. The Committee continues to address the recommendations not yet completed. Child Care Services and the Institute of Human Development sponsor a full-day, year-round pre-school program for 24 children of faculty and staff at the Harold E. Jones Child Study Center. This was expanded to 48 children of faculty and staff in 1996. With the support of the Space Assignments and Capital Improvements (SACI) Committee, this Committee has worked with Deans and Directors to identify space and develop plans for infant and toddler childcare programs in existing campus buildings and in buildings with planned renovations. In 1999, at the Chancellor's initiation, an infant/toddler center for 24 faculty and staff children opened. The University has matched Office of the President's funding towards the development of a new early childhood education facility, opening January 2007, to serve 74 children of faculty, staff and students.

Elder Care/Adult Dependent Care

In conjunction with Professor Andrew Scharlach of the School of Social Welfare, the Committee conducted a major needs assessment survey of faculty and staff adult dependent care/elder care in Spring 1992. The Committee issued 23 policy and program recommendations on the basis of these survey results which were in turn accepted by the Chancellor. In 1997 an elder care counselor in Employee Assistance was funded to provide counseling, information, referral, workshops, groups and other programming to faculty and staff caregivers. In addition, an elder care e-mail digest was started in 1998 for sharing of resources and support by caregivers in the campus community. The elder care program received funds from the Academic Geriatric Resource Program for a special series on dementia in 1999-2000, and for additional activities in 2002.

Flexible Work Arrangements, including Telecommuting

In April 1991,  Chancellor Tien sent a memo to Deans, Directors, Department Chairs, and Administrative Officers promoting the use of alternative work schedules to ease conflicts between work and home responsibilities. Since that time, the campus personnel office has conducted a series of forums on Flexible Work Arrangements for managers and staff. As of 1997, the campus adopted a specific telecommuting policy. Flexible work arrangements have been supported by Chancellor Berdahl as indicated in his introduction to the Guide and in other memos he has sent to campus.

Fundraising for New Child Care Facilities and Scholarships

In 1993, proposals were submitted to the Campus Development Office for the expansion of campus child care facilities for faculty and staff and for underwriting the operating costs of this quality child care to make it affordable. Though not accepted into Campaign 2001, efforts are still underway to seek scholarship funding for children in the infant /toddler and pre-school programs.

Paid Family Leave

Effective July 1, 2021, UC's Council of Chancellors unanimously approved a recommendation for a new paid family leave benefit for UC employees. This recommendation, supported by President Napolitano and Systemwide Human Resources, provides eight weeks of leave at 70% of wages for UC faculty and staff who need time off to care for a seriously ill family member or bond with a new child.

Parental Leave Policy for Baby Bonding

Effective June 1, 2010, UC staff will be allowed to use up to 30 days of sick leave to care for and bond with a newborn, adopted or foster child under a new leave provision. CACDC and CAC-LGBT were long-time advocates for this policy, which is part of the updated Absence from Work policy that consolidated several existing leave provisions into a single, comprehensive absence policy.

Recognition for Efforts

The Berkeley campus has received many awards for its efforts in addressing the work/family conflicts. Included are awards from One Small Step, the Bay Area employer work/family organization and the US Department Of Labor- Women's Bureau. The Excellence in Management Awards in 1998 were based on managers' support for their staff in the balance of their work/life issues. The individuals on the team that was responsible for the Guide for Balancing Work and Family received Distinguished Service Cash Awards.

Sittercity Benefit for Faculty & Staff

Effective January 1, 2012, Sittercity provides UC employees with access to local, pre-screened caregivers and the tools (including reviews, references and background checks) to review and select the caregiver of their choice. The cost of membership is paid by the University. Employees pay for the services of the caregivers they select.

Summer Youth Programs

Recreational Sports and the Lawrence Hall of Science were the first departments to offer a full day program (combining science and sports/recreational activities) with supervised transportation between the two sites. Now, additional campus programs are working together to offer full day programs. Each year a listing of campus summer programs are published in the Berkeleyan to facilitate faculty and staff planning. In addition, campus programs are offering programs up to Labor Day and during spring break to meet the schedule needs of working parents.

Student Dependent Care Issues

The Committee identified some of the comparable issues facing student parents and caregivers and recommended the development of a "sister" committee, coordinated with CACDC, to address those issues. A student parent workgroup was formed with a report with recommendations put forth Fall, 1997 and a survey was conducted. A new graduate student policy similar to tenure clock stoppage was implemented Spring, 1998.

UC Systemwide Efforts

Members of the Committee participated on the 1991 Universitywide Task Force on Dependent Care. A systemwide conference was held Fall, 1998 on work/family/life issues, with the Berkeley campus assuming a leadership role in conference planning. There is a work/life listserve and annual meetings for work/life professionals from all of the campuses. The Sloan Foundation funded UC Family Edge Project is a multi-year systemwide initiative to adress faculty work/family challenges.