Parents and Families

E. Royster Harper

Because learning and growth occurs in and out of the classroom, our role is to support your student’s development and well-being – academically, socially and personally.  The many resources and opportunities we provide can be found within the following “pillars” of student support:  

  • Leadership
  • Community Engagement
  • Health & Wellness
  • Diversity & Identity
  • Career Preparation

In essence, we touch nearly every aspect of a student’s life at the university.

Interestingly, during the past couple of years, in countless conversations with parents, alumni and friends around the country and here on campus, it was apparent that our name, “Division of Student Affairs,” didn’t project a sense of our role in student life.  What’s in a name?  Well, if it leaves people uncertain or unexcited about what we offer to students and parents, then it is not serving the purpose well.

With input from staff, students and parents, we studied carefully the idea of changing Division of Student Affairs to a name that would have more clarity.  Describing our work as "Student Life" seemed to be the right choice.  And there has been widespread agreement and encouragement.

So, that’s who we are now, Student Life.  This is an important change that will have greater meaning among students and parents about the programs and services we provide.  And that is particularly important as the university launched its Victors for Michigan campaign.

Just a few days ago, the university formally kicked off its $4 billion campaign.  The campus celebration was exciting, hopeful and inspirational.  The university has already received gifts totaling $1.7 billion during a two-year silent phase, before the public launch.  

Every unit and all three U-M campuses will participate in the campaign fundraising for some or all of the three priorities:  Student Support, Engaged Learning, Bold Ideas.  Those priorities are very much a part of our commitments to your student.

We’ll have more to say about the “pillars” of Student Life in the coming months and years, and how they can provide distinct opportunities to participate in the campaign.  More important now, I want you to know that our new name carries the same ongoing commitments to the success of your student.

E. Royster Harper

Vice President for Student Life


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