Institutional Efforts

Research supports the fact that institutional efforts are needed to shift organizational culture and create an inclusive and welcoming environment for expecting and parenting students. Policies, procedures, practices, pedagogy, and staff and faculty perspectives all contribute to an institution's climate.
 
A few examples of institutional practices that can create barriers for student-parents include:
Policy - Lack of formal policy related to pregnant and parenting students leaves students unsure and unable to advocate for themselves. While use of informal policies decided on a case-by-case basis generates inequity, overly restrictive policies establish roadblocks to completion. Click here to discover best practices in drafting student-parent friendly policy.
Access to Services - Traditional office hours, and services limited to in-person only, can prevent parenting students who are often juggling work, school, and childcare schedules from accessing supports they need to be successful. Click here to learn about implementing virtual supports for various student affairs services.
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