Parents and Families

VP Royster Harper

To all our Michigan parents and families, welcome to the final weeks of 2015 and to the beginning of the holiday season for many. We’re nearing the end of the term, and November can be a stressful time for University of Michigan students and families alike.

If you or your students are feeling some of the strain or stress, Student Life is here for you. The articles in this edition include many shared specifically to help you and your students navigate this challenging time of year.

We have guidance from experts and other parents on normalizing and responding to academic challenges or failures (everyone experiences them!) We also offer suggestions for re-connecting with students who may be returning home over Thanksgiving Recess. This edition we also discuss how to make sure lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students find their home and their communities on campus.

One important part of our work is to co-create a campus community which is diverse, equitable, and inclusive for all. This month, U-M President Schlissel hosted a campus-wide assembly to hear from students, faculty, and staff about the university’s achievements toward these three goals – and where we still need to improve.  I hope that you will join the conversation!

At this link, you may view two short videos of our community members discussing their experiences, as well as video of the entire event hosted this month. I hope you will discuss these important issues with your students, and, if you wish, add your voice by writing to diversitymatters@umich.edu. Together, we can create a sustain a U-M campus community that welcomes everyone, listens to everyone, and where all get to “dance.”

Student Life supports every aspect of your students’ lives on campus. We want to ensure that your students not only survive but thrive during their time at Michigan. If I can be of any assistance in connecting you with our many resources and services, please do not hesitate to contact this office – assist-me@umich.edu or (734) 764-5132.

E. Royster Harper

Vice President for Student Life

 

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