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Friday, January 24, 2020

Forget Daddy Day Care. At This School, It's Law Dean Day Care.

Karen Sloan (, Forget Daddy Day Care. At This School, It's Law Dean Day Care.:

Fershee 2On Wednesday, three inches of slushy snow fell on Omaha, Nebraska—enough to close area schools and day cares across the city.

But Creighton University and its law school remained open, creating a conundrum for staff, faculty and students suddenly faced with the prospect of missing work and class to watch their kids.

That’s when Creighton law Dean Joshua Fershee stepped in. He messaged the law school community to offer his child care services.

“While I’m not a licensed provider, I’m generally good with kids and would be happy to watch some little ones, if it helps,” wrote Fershee, the father of 11-year-old daughter and a 14-year-old boy. “We’ll figure it out.” ...

In the end, Fershee only ended up watching two elementary-age boys, though he was prepared to handle more. Other professors and students brought their kids to class with them, and some stopped by just to thank the dean for opening up his office if needed. ...

Fershee acknowledges the gender dynamics at play when it comes to child care, with women often assumed to be primary caregivers. That’s one reason he felt it was important to step up during the school closure. Such an offer could be a trickier proposition for women deans, he noted, because they may not want to reinforce those societal child care expectations in the workplace.

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It's nice to hear of such leadership, thinking about and taking care of the people that fall under your "jurisdiction." Too bad it isn't more commonplace.

Posted by: ruralcounsel | Jan 28, 2020 3:54:41 AM

Cool! Great job Dean :)

Posted by: Anand Desai | Jan 24, 2020 9:02:44 PM