Parents and Families

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President Ono’s inauguration. Celebrations recognizing the 50th anniversary of several Student Life programs and centers that help build community and belonging. A new partnership that offers students greater access to, and options for, mental health care.

Vice President for Student Life Martino Harmon reflects on highlights from the 2022-23 academic year and shares what he’s looking forward to in Fall 2023—and yes, he’s already eagerly awaiting your Wolverines’ return to campus.

Update on labor negotiations

The University of Michigan has submitted a petition to the state to initiate the fact-finding process in an effort to resolve its ongoing contractual dispute with the Graduate Employees’ Organization. The university’s petition for fact finding comes six months after bargaining began and five days after its negotiating team provided GEO with a comprehensive package in response to all outstanding issues.

Is your Wolverine traveling abroad? Purchase affordable, comprehensive health insurance plans through U-M

Protect your Wolverine against the unexpected—and give yourself peace of mind—while they travel abroad this summer with U-M's affordable and comprehensive Travel Abroad Health Insurance through GeoBlue. Review important guidance and resources from the Office of the Provost so your Wolverine can have a safe and healthy journey, wherever their travels may take them.

Feed your hungry Wolverine, save dough with Michigan Dining Buy Ahead Meal Plan program

Fuel your student’s success inside and outside the classroom with a Michigan Dining meal plan. Now through May 31, 2023, students living in off-campus housing can save money by locking in next year’s meal plans at this year’s rates.   

A variety of plans are available to fit every individual student’s needs. Visit the Fall 2023 - Winter 2024 Meal Plan Buy Ahead program to learn more and encourage your student to purchase their plan for next year.

Leadership Q&A: Advancing mental health resources

U-M’s chief mental health officer in Student Life Lindsey Mortenson, MD, outlines ways in which expanding mental health services improves the lives of community members and discusses opportunities for continued support of the mental health landscape in Michigan. 

Share your vision for the university’s next decade

President Santa J. Ono’s arrival in Ann Arbor brought a fresh energy to campus. Now, he’s working across our three campuses, including Michigan Medicine, to create a sharpened, collective vision for the University of Michigan. 

Our parents, families and supporters of current Wolverines are an important part of our Michigan community—and we want you to help us create a bold future. Share your thoughts on what is most important to see at our university, on our campus, in our community in 2034. 

Helping your Wolverine feel their best 

Living, learning and working at U-M can be both exhilarating and challenging at times for your Wolverine. The Family Matters editorial team is sharing a few of the ways that the University of Michigan is helping your Wolverine feel their best.

Ensure your Wolverine’s health is covered: Medicaid eligibility renewal deadlines begin June 2023

If your Wolverine currently uses Medicaid, they will be required to renew their coverage beginning in June 2023—or risk losing it. Help ensure your student’s health is covered by sharing renewal deadlines and where they can go for help.  

Celebrating the Class of 2023, the newest members of our alumni network

Cheers. Tears. New beginnings. The university recently welcomed our graduating Wolverines’ parents, families, guardians and supporters to campus to celebrate the achievements of our newest alumni members: the Class of 2023.

Humanizing research, undergraduate research program empowers young academics

For more than 30 years, the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, or UROP, has paired first- and second-year undergraduate students with research mentors—U-M faculty and graduate student researchers, and community partners and organizations.

Learn how UROP can help your Wolverine get hands-on research experience working beyond lecture halls and classrooms.

A look ahead: Changes coming in 2023-24 academic calendar

The summer months provide time to rest, rejuvenate and, for some, plan. Wondering when your Wolverine will need to head back to Ann Arbor for fall 2023 classes? Or when you might expect them to travel back home during a university break?

Discover key dates in the upcoming 2023-24 academic year, including the addition of a longer break between terms to give your Wolverine more time to rest. 

Important dates to remember

You may want to pencil in some of these important upcoming academic dates and events to help support and encourage your Wolverine during their spring/summer academic studies.