Spring 2021 Speaker Series

Join the Pregnancy & Parenting Program for their Spring 2021 Panel Discussion for Supervisors: Maintaining Professional Dialogue about Pregnancy and Parenting, titled "Keep it Real, Keep it Relevant." The panel discussion will take place via Zoom on Thursday, April 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Register for the panel discussion here.

Panel Description

While a good sitcom about becoming a parent can be entertaining and funny, REAL issues can develop for employees when planning to start a family. These situations can also be a challenge for supervisors who need to balance creating a supportive environment with ensuring that job duties and responsibilities of employees are met.

We invite employees and supervisors to join this panel discussion to learn how to both work through these situations in a positive and professional way and create a more successful working environment for everyone. Let’s learn together what to do and what NOT to do…and you might even catch a scene or two from some of your favorite sitcoms!


Retha Niedecken, Ombudsperson


  • Tracy Blanchard, Student Advocacy & Accountability
  • Troy Blanchard, HSS (still confirming)
  • Aaron Cherry, Facility Services
  • Trey Jones, Legal Affairs & General Counsel
  • Roland Mitchell, CHSE
  • Jennifer Normand, HRM