Parents and Families

Having a Voice, Making a Difference

Natasha Dabrowski is a member of the Vice President's Advisory Board.  Natasha says her experience “has given so much more meaning to what I am passionate about – making lasting improvements to better the lives of others in some way.”

University Unions Marketing Advisory Committee

Our Time with Your Student...

Much of what we do in Student Life is to facilitate opportunities for students to grow and thrive in the U-M community.  Like you, we also want our students to avoid "life-altering mistakes" that can be harmful to them, diminish their success in college and beyond, and can weigh upon them personally for a long time.  When there are mistakes and mishaps in their living or academic experiences, we are prepared to guide them through the conflict.

E. Royster Harper, Vice President for Student Life

Sororities & Fraternities - Helping Your Student Decide

Even though it’s been a few years since I sent my sons off to college, I remember clearly the fears that accompanied my enthusiasm.  I would be making a transition from knowing their friends, attending their school events, and knowing where they were, to wondering whether they were studying, making friends, and finding their place on a large campus.  I wanted them to be successful, safe, and happy. 

Archambault Family in the Office of Greek Life

Keeping Your Student Safe

With the start of a new school year fast-approaching, take a moment to remind your student of the many safety resources and programs offered by the University of Michigan and the  Student Life:

bus station

Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs Works for Social Justice, Diversity

Building community and understanding among students is an essential part of the Student Life because it empowers students to further their understanding of the world around them and to challenge their preconceptions. The Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs works to achieve this mission by engaging social justice issues through the lens of race and ethnicity with a wide variety of programs and partnerships.

Taste of Culture Event

Building a Better Student Experience

The Student Life supports every aspect of student life through its services, programs and facilities.  Integral to the programs and services that develop the "whole" student, these facilities provide the connections students need for academic, personal and social support.  Additionally, student life facilities provide positive and memorable campus experiences.

Intermurals Building

Alternative Spring Break

It’s spring break time again, and we’re wishing all our students a safe, relaxing, fun and invigorating break from classes and campus.  Some U-M students will be participating in the Alternative Spring Break (ASB), a service learning program sponsored by the Ginsberg Center for Community Service and Learning through the SERVE office. Each year, approximately 400 students travel by road to 25 to 30 sites across the United States to engage in meaningful action and to seek understanding of the root causes of social issues. 

Student plays basketball with child

Traveling Abroad

As many students prepare to enjoy a well deserved break later this month, university officials remind parents about two important resources for students traveling abroad — the U-M Travel Registry and the U-M Travel Abroad Health Insurance.

Michigan Students in the Travel Abroad Program

Student Perspective: The Michigan Difference

By Stephanie Garbarino, a recipient of The Frank Cianciola Work Excellence scholarship, awarded annually to an outstanding student employee who works in the Michigan Union.  It is named in honor of Frank Cianciola, former Michigan Union Director and Senior Associate Vice President for Student Affairs.

Stephanie Garbarino

Emergency Preparedness

The University of Michigan is committed to protecting the safety and security of our community. Emergencies, disasters, accidents, injuries and crimes can occur without warning at any time. We continually review and update our preparedness measures to address evolving threats. Preparedness at Michigan involves collaboration between the leaders in each division and department throughout the University.


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