Parents and Families

Martino Harmon

Dear Wolverine Families, 

With the new year here, MLK Day around the corner, and the new semester less than a week away, you and your students are likely wondering where winter break went (and if you find out, please tell me). For over a month, Student Life has been hard at work preparing for students to return to the physical and virtual campus. We are determined to facilitate as safe and engaging a semester as possible with snow and ice keeping us indoors during the ongoing pandemic. 

In this edition of Family Matters, you will learn about Theme Communities in university housing, meal options at our dining halls, and the protocols your student should keep in mind if they are returning to campus for Winter 2021. Weekly COVID-19 testing and daily check-ins with the ResponsiBLUE app will help your student play a role in reducing the spread of the virus. 

Not everything is about protocols and testing, however; we also will share ways your students can keep involved even during the pandemic and from wherever in the world they are. A variety of programs and workshops including Winterfest, and opportunities through the Finding Community website, the Community Matters Cohort Program and Theme Communities are outlined in this newsletter as well. This is a small snapshot of what will be offered for students this term. 

As the pandemic continues to affect our daily lives and how the university operates, I recommend that you keep the handy Blueprint website bookmarked and listen to live updates from university leaders every other Friday under the Messages & News section. The first biweekly briefing of 2021 is scheduled for Friday, January 15 at 1:00 PM, and the recording will be available on the Blueprint website shortly after it finishes. 

If you still have questions after exploring these links, you can reach out to Assist-Me@umich.edu to be routed to the best office to help you. 

With hope for a healthier, safer, and brighter 2021, 

Dr. Martino Harmon, Vice President for Student Life