Parents and Families

Martino Harmon

Dear Wolverine Families, 

As we get closer to the first Well-Being Break on February 24, it’s a great time to review the resources and services available to take care of U-M students in a holistic way. We know it can be tricky for students to navigate such a big university, especially during the pandemic. That’s why we started sending students a digest of suggestions each Sunday, on how to make the most of our offerings that week. This past Sunday’s message, for example, featured everything from recommendations on finding new study buddies through Speed Friending events, to tips on securing summer internships. 

This edition of Family Matters will point out additional well-being and involvement resources for you to keep in mind and share with your student. Spotlight articles on Adaptive Sports, the Maize & Blue Cupboard, and more will give you a more in-depth picture on how specific programs within Student Life are getting creative with how to support the holistic well-being of students. We’ll also walk you through key dates for this semester and update you on the latest campus COVID details. 

Last, but not least, we have heard some concerns circulating about what will happen in Fall 2021. As our university shared in a public statement earlier this week, we remain optimistic and hopeful that the campus experience come fall will be much more normal than we are experiencing today. We share the strong desire of many to get back to a more normal Michigan educational experience while still prioritizing health and safety. It is too soon to have clear plans for the fall, but we will certainly share official Fall 2021 plans as early as possible. 

If you find yourself with any questions regarding the content of this edition of Family Matters, feel free to get in touch with Assist-Me@umich.edu to be routed to the best office to help you. 

Until next time, 

Dr. Martino Harmon, Vice President for Student Life