UWM Student Parents

Resources for Student Parents

UWM Lactation Program and Lactation Rooms

  • The WRC oversees the lactation room in the Union (WG26). This lactation room is locked when not in use and can be accessed by stopping by the WRC (during office hours) or the Union Info Desk outside of WRC office hours. For more information about the Union Lactation Room, feel free to email us (wmncntr@uwm.edu)
  • Learn more about the UWM Lactation Program for a map of other lactation rooms on campus.

Children’s Learning Center 

The Children’s Learning Center is committed to supporting children and their parents by using theory-based care and learning practices. Through playing, interacting and communicating, the UWM Children’s Learning Center is committed to the growth of each child in all aspects of their life. We believe in not only providing education, but also providing a supportive and safe place for your family to grow socially and emotionally.

Student Parent Success Program

UWM’s Student Parent Success Program is a centralized, multi-purpose campus resource where UWM students with children can seek advice, develop leadership skills, learn parenting best practices, and build connects with other student parents. The Student Parent Success Program is open to all UWM students with children, including undergraduate, graduate, and international student parents. Our mission is to provide under-served UWM students with children holistic support, designed to empower parents and improve their families’ overall economic and social success.

 

Family Friendly Events

Family Bowling

Due to COVID, Family Bowling has been cancelled for the Fall semester. Check back in the spring for new dates and more information!

Fall Fun with Kids!

Fall Fun With Kids! Facilitated by Mr. Flower with the Urban Ecology Center

Join us on Tuesday September 21st from 6-7:30 p.m. via Microsoft Teams for this interactive fall-themed workshop as we say goodbye to Summer and hello to Fall!

During this workshop you and your young explorer(s) will learn about what happens as the seasons shift; leaves changing colors, harvesting our gardens, animals gathering the seeds and fruits of fall, etc. Learn about ways to stay active outside during this shift in temperature!

Kids are encouraged to attend this virtual workshop!

RSVP to the Student Parent Success Program at sp-sp@uwm.edu or at 414-251-5955 by September 17th to reserve your spot.

Wednesday Wonderings

Wednesday Wonderings: a supportive online discussion group for parents

Each session will be hosted on Microsoft Teams and facilitated by Laura Kosteretz, Toddler Program Coordinator with the UWM Children’s Learning Center. These sessions will be Q&A and discussion based. Join with any questions or topics you have related to parenting!

Sessions will be held on the following Wednesdays from 12:30-1:30 p.m.

  • September 15th
  • September 29th
  • October 13th
  • October 27th
  • November 3rd
  • November 17th
  • December 1st

To receive a link to join, email the Student Parent Success Program at sp-sp@wum.edu.

Student Parent Advocacy Committee

The Student Parent Advocacy Committee (SPAC) is looking for new members to join our wonderful student organization. The SPAC focus on creating a community for student parents and advocating to make campus more student parent friendly. Join us in spreading awareness and creating fun inclusive activities for families. If you want a way to get involved on campus in a way that also supports your family, we’d love to have you be a part of our amazing group of students!
If you are interested in going SPAC please email SPACatUWM@gamil.com or john3265@uwm.edu

 

Supporting Student Parents During COVID-19

UWM is home to over 1,300 student parents! Student parents on UWM’S campus face unique barriers and challenges, but most have ample resiliency, substantial coping mechanisms, and an impressive reservoir of creative time management skills. In short, these students are exceptionally talented and are on their way to becoming valuable leaders in our community!  

As we prepare for a truly unique semester of mostly virtual learning and programming, we thought it was important to share some tips on how to support student parents during COVID-19. Attached to this email you will find a document including tips on supporting student parents as well as additional resources for student parents. Please share with those who you think could benefit from this information.  

10 Tips to Support Student Parents During COVID-19  

  1. Empathy: Student parents are likely working, parenting and helping their children from home, all while completing their coursework. This is a lot for anyone to manage. Remember to be empathetic about their unique circumstances.  
  1. Flexibility: Consider offering more than one option for office hours and other important meetings with student parents.  
  1. Resources: Be knowledgeable about campus resources for student parents. 
  1. Accommodation: Parents are attending school online with their child(ren) at home. It may not be feasible for a student parent to have their camera on while in class.  
  1. Priority: Their children come first, before anything else.  
  1. Encouragement: Sending words of support can go a long way.  
  1. Adaptation: Student parents are juggling a lot of tasks and things may not remain consistent during these uncertain times.  
  1. Checking- in: Reminding students that you are part of their support system and available if they need you.  
  1. Compromise: Student parents have different hours of availability than traditional students and may need flexibility to complete their coursework.   
  1. Acknowledge: Understanding they are students with children, and that you are aware of the difficulties they might face 

 

Additional Resources for Student Parents 

https://uwm.edu/global-inclusion/lifeimpact/ 

https://uwm.edu/womensresourcecenter/ 

https://uwm.edu/children/ 

https://uwm.edu/hr/lactation-rooms/ 

supporting student parents during COVID-19