Everyday is Father’s Day (or Mother’s Day) – Student-Parent Guide to Campus Resources


Being a university student is a challenge, even at the best of times. Juggling classes, studies and projects with a full-time or part-time job is even more difficult. some students also have parental duties in this mix. For them, every day can feel like Father’s Day or Mother’s Day.

It’s these kinds of balancing acts that put student-parents in a unique position – and make campus resources like University Parents United so crucial. The CSUN Club was created to provide parents with access to community resources and to help them feel more welcome on campus. Melissa Baghoumian ’21 (economics) is the president of the organization. She says the parent support group was a great source of stress relief as she juggled homeschooling two children while going to school full time as a first-grade student. cycle.

“How can a parent even focus on their studies if they have all these other things they need to start focusing on?” said Baghoumian.

Now a master’s student in Educational leadership and political studies at CSUN, Baghoumian noted CSUN’s many resources that helped make his time as a student-parent less overwhelming.

Parent Scholars United is a resource to help parent-students navigate campus life and foster advocacy. The club offers help finding childcare, scholarships, and other helpful tools within the growing on-campus support system.

The group was founded by CSUN alumnus and club treasurer Aymie Guerrero ’12 (Child and Adolescent Development), who has done extensive research on how to improve college campuses for student-parents, for his doctoral thesis. The subject is close to his heart.

In 2008, Guerrero was an undergraduate student at CSUN. At the time, she was studying child development and was an active treasurer for her sorority. Then, during her third year at school, her life changed dramatically after giving birth to her daughter.

“I struggled a lot with child care and worked full time, cemetery [shift] in a restaurant so I [could] pay my rent, go to school, do an internship and spend more time with my daughter,” Guerrero said.

Even with these added responsibilities, Guerrero was able to complete her degree in child development. Now a mother of two, she is pursuing her doctorate in education and working to establish more parent-student programs at CSUN.

Guerrero highlighted other resources on the CSUN campus that have been beneficial to her and other parents on campus:

Mamava lactation pods – Tucked away in a private corner on the first floor of Bayramian Hall, the Mamava Lactation Pod is an intimate room for parents and their children. Parents who need clean and accessible spaces for expression, breastfeeding and other childcare activities are encouraged to reserve space in the lactation pods, through the Mamava app.

AS Children’s Center – The AS Children’s Center (Student Associates) is an excellent resource for student parents who need child care for children as young as 18 months and up to 5 years old. The Children’s Center is open Monday through Friday, 7:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The center provides a high quality, safe environment for your child and encourages healthy cognitive development.

Women’s Research and Resource Center – The WRRC has provided a guide for student parents and future parents on how to navigate their higher education. It outlines rights and access to free resources that parents can acquire, as well as information on housing and nutrition.

Center for Child and Family Studies Laboratory School – Multicultural and inclusive school program for San Fernando Valley families and parents with young children. Located behind the AS Children’s Center, the Lab School offers comprehensive programs to help promote healthy cognitive function in young people. Children from the age of two and no older than five.

Pantry – The CSUN Food Pantry is a non-profit organization that provides immediate fresh produce and basic necessities to people in the San Fernando Valley and surrounding community. For parents struggling to find affordable, healthy groceries, the Pantry is a free option open to students enrolled at any CSU campus and/or working in the San Fernando Valley area. .

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