Parents and Families

Royster Harper, VP for Student Life

Wherever U-M students spend the Thanksgiving break, they will be looking to decompress and relax before taking finals in December. Remind them that it’s healthy to unplug. We hope you’ll encourage students to be kind to themselves, connect with family and friends and prepare for any questions that may come their way. The time is always now for practicing self-care and well-being.


In anticipation of what will be a busy end of the year for many of us, I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you a few highlights and updates from Student Life.


  • We hosted a number of you for Parents and Family Weekend earlier this month. We enjoyed an action-filled weekend, lots of wonderful conversations and a Michigan football win! If you weren’t able to attend, check out the official U-M Parents and Family Facebook group. Parents, guardians and families are welcome to join this group. It’s a great way to connect and share ideas with current and future U-M families.


  • Our robust programming helps us meet the needs of all students. Examples of this programming include Disability is Diversity, First-Gen Week, International Education Week, Latinx Heritage Month, Native American Heritage Month, Veterans Week and Trans Awareness Week–all of which have taken place over the past couple of months.


  • Encouraging students to lead through civic engagement is foundational to our work. Many students registered to vote using campus resources, voted absentee or went to the polls. As a result, turnout in local student-populated precincts was much higher than it was during the last midterm elections.


  • Mark your calendars! Giving Blue Day is just a week away. Surprise your student by donating to their favorite campus resource or student organization during this day of action. 


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