A professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology is being praised for putting a travel crib in his office to help support a student mom.
Troy Littleton, who runs a research lab at the college, put a travel crib in his lab’s office to help one of his graduate students, Karen Cunningham, who has a 9-month-old daughter named, Katie.
Littleton posted a picture of the crib on Twitter writing:
“My favorite new equipment purchase for the lab – a travel crib to go in my office so my graduate student can bring her 9-month-old little girl to work when necessary and I get to play with her while her mom gets some work done. Win-win!!”
Littleton said he has received many messages from peers in the research field on how they can better support working mothers. His tweet also drew messages of appreciation from working parents.
“The tweet came from just being delighted to be able to see Katie for the first time and to have the opportunity on occasion, when Karen wants to bring her in, to be able to play with her a little bit,” said Littleton. “That was the genesis of the tweet, not from any idea it was going to create this large discussion about the challenges mothers face in the workplace.”
“But I’m glad it had that effect because we need to be solving these issues, both in academia and on a broader level as well,” he said. “It’s highlighted that this is a really important issue for our community.”
And even though the college offers daycare and other resources for working parents, Littleton’s extra effort to provide a safe alternative was described by mom as “extremely helpful.”
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