Support for Student Parents at UT Austin

Support for Student Parents at UT Austin

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Jordan Greene started this petition

Recent experiences of both undergraduate and graduate students attending the University of Texas at Austin have laid bare the inadequate support available to parenting students. These challenges include, but are not limited to; unavailable and unaffordable childcare, an unwelcoming climate for students with children, discouraging treatment of lactating mothers, and unclear campus policies.

We, the signers of this petition, request that the University: 

  • Review policies affecting student parents and consider where policies should be revised, clarifies, created, or removed, such as:
    • Policies regarding children on campus;
    • Establishing priority registration for undergraduate parenting students who often have to balance conflicting schedules.
  • Create a space on campus where parents are welcome to bring their children. This may be part of a center aimed at serving Nontraditional Students (NTS) in general.
  • Take steps to make childcare more accessible and affordable for students. For example, the University might:
    • Offer financial aid to help cover the cost of childcare;
    • Expand support for the Child Development Center and prioritize more spaces for the children of students;
    • Partner with local daycare providers to lower the cost of childcare for students;
    • Create a co-op daycare close to campus serving all ages;
    • Provide flexible hours, after hours, and part-time childcare options for students.
  • In general, seek ways to educate staff about parenting student needs, increase the child-friendliness of campus, and improve campus climate so that it is more welcoming of students with children and other dependents. 

If you are interested in donating to SPO's student parent scholarship fund, please visit: https://hornraiser.utexas.edu/project/29875

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