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The Women’s Center recognizes the unprecedented challenges that are facing caregivers during the pandemic.   Faculty, staff and student caregivers are under incredible amounts of stress as we try to juggle our caregiving responsibilities with our work and school responsibilities.  The Women’s Center is keenly aware of the disproportionate impact caregiving has on women and wants to provide support to all caregivers.

We are working in collaboration with other VT offices to advocate for student, faculty and staff caregivers needs. Please reach out to us if we may be of support by emailing Christine Dennis Smith.

An opportunity for working parents to come together to network, share resources and support one another. To sign up for the listserv or for more information, email Christine Dennis Smith.

Public Health and Emergency Leave (PHEL) is a benefit activated by the Commonwealth of Virginia for state employees as a result of the impact of COVID-19 and when remote work options are not available. This benefit is available to Virginia Tech full- and part-time faculty and staff, and many wage employees who are impacted by the virus. 

For more information visit the VT Human Resources website.


Aligning caregiving information - both childcare and eldercare - with the needs of the Virginia Tech community.

Visit the Caregiving website.  For additional information email Kim Thomason.

Kids’ Night Out is a free childcare program for graduate student families. We provide a fun evening of play, crafts, movies (and a snack!) each Thursday night while classes are in session from 6:30-8pm. Kids must be toilet trained and masked. Childcare is provided by volunteers from the Chi Delta Alpha Service Sorority.

Look for a unique sign-up link every Monday on the Women’s Center home page or through the weekly Graduate School newsletter. Enrollment is on a first come/first served basis. Details on location, etc. are available on the sign up link.

For additional information email Jessie Meltsner.