‘Colleges should not abandon student parents to fend for themselves’
As the fall semester begins, it is important to consider how new procedures will affect student parents, and what colleges might do to help with these challenges. Colleges should not abandon student parents to fend for themselves.
“Unfortunately, student parents have been one of the first groups to be forgotten in this crisis,” said Marni Roosevelt, director of the Family Resource Center at Los Angeles Valley College.
The center offers remote meetings with its staff social workers and mental health professionals, providing online counseling to help student parents strategize support and connect them with community resources. It also has a drop-in digital chat room where student parents can log in remotely to connect with one another. For families in need, the center plans to continue making emergency deliveries of food and household supplies, as well.