Parents and Families

Celebrate Black History Month 

Black History Month was kicked off with "A Conversation with Thought Leader and Changemaker LaTosha Brown!", an award-winning thought leader, social strategist, philanthropic consultant, jazz singer, and catalyst for change, on February 1. Additional events have been planned throughout the month. 

Organized by the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA) and the Black History Month Planning Committee, events include virtual panel discussions and talks, a financial series, and other related activities.

Ms. Brown

Public Safety Task Force Hosts Community Forum

The Advancing Public Safety at the University of Michigan Task Force — one of several anti-racism initiatives the university announced last fall — will host its first community forum on Tuesday, February 9 from 7-8:30 p.m. The event, which will take place virtually, will allow Ann Arbor campus faculty, staff, students, parents and Ann Arbor community members to share their experiences with campus policing and public safety, or join and listen.


Our Time With Your Student

Dear Wolverine Families, 

As you are likely already aware, thanks to routine university testing measures, the spread of the more contagious B.1.1.7 COVID-19 variant was identified within the campus community. The Washtenaw County Health Department, in collaboration with the university, released a Stay in Place Recommendation to mitigate further spread. You can read more about it here

Martino Harmon

Our Time With Your Student

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.

Martino Harmon

Theme Communities Enhance Campus Experience

Next year your student has the opportunity to enhance their college experience by living within one of the many Theme Communities offered via Michigan Housing. As part of the University’s Living-Learning programs, theme communities are an opportunity to explore and experience college life with other students who share your students’ interests. Some communities encompass a floor, some encompass an entire hall, but all of them will help your student connect with peers, mentors and campus resources.

Applications for the Theme Community experience open on February 1, 2021, and close on May 5. 


Study Spaces at U-M

The University is committed to helping your student succeed during this unprecedented, challenging academic year.  To support students on campus, the University has a web-based space reservation system called Study Spaces at U-M available that helps your student find and reserve designated individual study spaces, computer stations, a space to take a remote class, or just a dedicated quiet touchdown spot between classes.

Study Spaces

MLK Symposium, Community Service Events

On January 18, your student can be involved in one of the largest University celebrations honoring the life and work of Dr. King. The 2021 Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium, “Where Do We Go From Here?”, takes place on Monday, January 18, 2021 from 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. (EST).


Online Education Tips 

If your student is one of the many U-M students engaging in the 2021 Winter Academic Semester online, managing the class workload will be a different experience. They will need to balance academic focus while maintaining health and well-being -- doing it all on a virtual basis. 

Parents and families can help by encouraging students to engage in effective time management and wellness tips. One of the most valuable skills can have -- especially online -- is effective time management. The better they manage their time, the easier it will be to achieve their goals while enjoying the experience. We offer some tips to help your student best manage time.


Community Matters Cohort Program

Making connections can be one of the most rewarding aspects of your student’s time on campus but COVID-19 has made these things more challenging to do.
To help make those connections, your student can join the Community Matters Cohort Program, which provides a space for students to meet others and participate in regular social events. Program participants will be matched with a small group of other students who are interested in finding community and a pair of upperclassmen facilitators. Cohort groups will meet weekly for one hour throughout the Winter semester via Zoom. 


Housing Units Still Available

A number of spaces are still available in Michigan Housing for students in need. Your student can request to be considered for Housing by completing the Winter 2021 Housing Consideration form. 

Housing will evaluate submissions based on the following criteria: 

  • Housing insecurities. 
  • Health, wellness and safety concerns.
  • Financial circumstances.
  • International status.
  • Other extraordinary, extenuating circumstances. 

Application submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis until spaces are filled. For more information on Housing, please see the Housing FAQs