LWC Debuts Mobile Version of Family Resource Map

LWC Debuts Mobile Version of Family Resource Map

By Megan GuthrieLife & Work Connections
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An updated, interactive version of UA Life & Work Connections' Family Resource Map is now available on mobile devices, making it easier for employees, students and visitors to find what they need while on campus.

UA Life & Work Connections, part of Human Resources, collaborated with the UA College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Facilities Management to develop the digital map, which shows the locations of lactation spaces, diaper-changing stations in men's and women's restrooms, family restrooms and highchairs on the main UA campus and at the College of Medicine – Phoenix.

"It is very intuitive," said Matt Rahr, director of communications and cyber technologies at CALS. "You'll feel right at home if you have ever used any type of Google map."

To access the map on a mobile device, go to http://lifework.arizona.edu/map and click on the gears icon in the upper right corner to select the type of location being sought or to see the resources available in a particular building.

UA law students Lisa Wrazidlo and Jacob Metoxen like the ease of using a mobile map when they bring their son, Cecil, to campus.

"As a parent you often need things quickly," Wrazidlo said. "Having it in the palm of your hand is very helpful."

"Having to change a child in a public area can sometimes be stressful and spur-of-the-moment," Metoxen added. "It is helpful to know exactly where changing stations are."

The interactive map also makes it easier to eat on campus with little ones.

"It is good to know where the highchairs are available," said Anh Le, director of finance and administration in Research, Discovery & Innovation. "If I bring my children on campus, I'll know where there are family-friendly places to sit down and eat."

Molly Kurtz, administrative associate at the Center for Clinical Skills and Assessment at the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix, said being able to find lactation spaces on campus helped her transition back to work after the birth of her second child.

Kim Patten, research development associate in Research, Discovery & Innovation, agreed.

"It really makes it easier to come back to work and it makes me feel like I am a valued employee here on campus," Patten said.

Caryn Jung, senior coordinator at Life & Work Connections, said family restrooms are useful not just for parents, but also for those who attend campus events with older adults who need assistance.

"This mobile feature provides vital information and demonstrates the University's commitment to providing inclusive and family-friendly resources," said Allison Vaillancourt, vice president for business affairs and human resources.

As the designated work/life office for the UA, Life & Work Connections works with campus collaborators like the Commission on the Status of Women and Planning, Design and Construction, to support family-friendly initiatives.

The UA has been nationally recognized as a leader in work/life balance initiatives – receiving its fifth consecutive Seal of Distinction award from WorldatWork for 2016.

For additional information about lactation resources, or for a consultation on lactation space options in campus buildings, contact Jung at jungc@email.arizona.edu.

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