Parents and Families

Finding a Student Community

Meeting people and growing friendships is an important part of your student’s university experience. However the COVID-19 pandemic, and its social distancing guidelines, makes those connections a challenge. Fortunately, Student Life’s Finding Community provides many virtual options. Whether your student is looking for leadership options, ways to make a difference by serving on a board, volunteering opportunities, or meeting people with similar interests, there are many opportunities for students to build relationships and contribute to the community. Your student can check them out here

Student Life

Global Scholars Program Application Now Open

Is your student interested in being a part of an international community without leaving campus? Or interested in improving intercultural skills with students from different backgrounds and perspectives? The Global Scholars Program (GSP) prepares sophomore, junior, and senior students to be interculturally competent global citizens, champions for meaningful change, and innovative leaders of tomorrow.

The GSP  is now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 academic year. An informational session will be held on Zoom on November 4. 

Global Scholars

A COVID Update

Dear Parents and Families,

President Mark S. Schlissel sent his weekly emailed update announcement to your student this morning. Following Tuesday’s announcement of a Stay in Place order for Ann Arbor campus undergraduates and new guidance on class formats, we have posted complete details on the Campus Maize and Blueprint site. These include answers to frequently asked questions from the university and county as well as links to the order itself and our student departure testing and protocol information.

This morning’s email included information on voting and election-related activities permitted under the order and details about tomorrow’s football game.

As a reminder, we moved this week’s briefing up to Tuesday to address the county order and class format guidance – so there will not be a briefing today. We will resume the Friday briefing schedule next week.

The video for this past Tuesday’s Campus Weekly COVID-19 Briefing with Washtenaw County Health Officer Jimena Loveluck and campus leaders is available within the email. 

To stay up-to-date on an ongoing basis, you may also view the Campus Maize and Blueprint site.  


Our Time With Your Student

Dear Wolverine Families, 

Campus—both our virtual and physical campuses—has been abuzz with activity as students settle into the rhythm of hybrid classes and find opportunities to engage with each other safely. Of course, we’ve been through a bumpy stretch lately, with strikes and other concerns rising to the surface. Those speed bumps reminded us to slow down and listen. And I can assure you: We are deeply committed to continuing to listen and adapt to meet the needs of our students while keeping our Residential Advisors as safe and supported as possible. We will always listen and respond to their concerns, in fact, I made a commitment to meet and interact with all of the Residential Advisors in the coming weeks.

Martino Harmon

Our Time With Your Student

Dear Wolverine Families, 

The fall semester is officially underway, and campus is filled with that buzz of excitement and activity that we sorely miss each summer. It’s exhilarating! And I couldn’t miss the chance to get out from behind my desk and pitch in. As students moved back into the dorms and off-campus housing, I was out volunteering with my colleagues to distribute safety care kits and spend some time serving as a Michigan Ambassador. I saw firsthand the students’ determination to do the right things and keep one another safe throughout the adjusted Welcome Week activities. This is thanks to all you have done to prepare them for this fall.  

Martino Harmon

Our Time With Your Student

Dear Wolverine Families, 

In just a few short weeks, the whirlwind of fall semester will begin, and students will delve into a variety of enriching and formative opportunities—ones that are both academic and beyond the virtual and physical classroom. New friends will be made, new learning unlocked, and new steps taken into their bright and promising futures. 

Martino Harmon

Our Time With Your Student

Dear Wolverine Families, 

It’s hard to believe we’re already on the cusp of August—your students are just a few short weeks away from the start of the new semester! In Student Life, we’re busy making campus ready and as safe as possible to welcome them for an engaging and rewarding experience, whether they choose to come in person to Ann Arbor, stay home and take classes 100% virtually, or a mixture of the two.

Martino Harmon

Stay informed with Maize & Blueprint

You can stay up-to-date on the latest campus planning efforts for all U-M campuses as well as health and wellness measures, class formats, and specifics on housing and dining, by visiting the Maize & Blueprint website. Check back frequently for the most current information.

Maize and Blueprint

Our Time With Your Student

Dear Wolverine Families, 

As Dr. Kedra Ishop and I wrote to U-M parents and families on Monday, the Michigan experience may look and feel different this year, but it still will be amazing. 
 
In Student Life, we know that an essential aspect of a residential experience is the co-curriculum where students engage meaningfully outside of the classroom. We are committed to students thriving, connecting, practicing skills, and translating their learning outside of the classroom—whether they’re taking advantage of academic, career, and personal counseling, participating in student organizations with our diverse student population or practicing the skills of civic engagement. 

Simone Taylor


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