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Pregnant or Parenting College Students
College students responsible for the care of a dependent child(ren) are an increasing student population, changing the traditional landscape. In fact according to the Institute for Women's Policy Research as many as 1 in 5 (nearly 22% of undergrad population) college going students identify as a student parent. Student parents have increased responsibility as they are not only navigating the rigors of the academy while parenting, but also simultaneously working and taking care of household responsibilities. The CWGE recognizes that this particular group of students may benefit from support services that considers both their role as parent and as student without prioritizing one above the other.
The Center for Women and Gender Equity is committed to providing resources and support for student parents. If you or someone you know is pregnant or parenting visit the Center for Women and Gender Equity in KC 1201, to get connected with the student parent advocate. Support includes, assistance seeking child care, pregnancy test, applying for child care subsidy through MDHHS and how to access reasonable accommodations needed in the classroom during pregnancy for example.
Student Parent Friendly Classroom
Helpful language proposed for departments or faculty to use when working/supporting college student parents at GVSU:
If you are a student parent (responsible for the care and wellbeing of a dependent child), please note that I support student parents and take parenting issues into account. Please come to see me or send me an email to learn more about on-campus resources, including champions that wish to encourage your academic success. While student parent support is available for all GVSU students who are pregnant and/or parenting, no student is required to participate or disclose information regarding familial status.