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Student Parent Visibility Day set for Oct. 9

What: U of M Student Parent HELP Center’s annual Visibility Day
When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 9
Where: Northrop Plaza, 84 Church St. SE, Minneapolis

Contacts: Steve Henneberry, University News Service, henneberry@umn.edu, (612) 624-1690

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (10/08/2012) —MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (10/08/2012) –Raising awareness of the more than 1,000 University of Minnesota undergraduate students who are parenting children is the goal of the Student Parent HELP Center’s (SPHC) annual Visibility Day, which takes place Tuesday, Oct. 9 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Northrop Plaza on the university’s East Bank campus.

Student parents at the U of M are part of a group that makes up 24% of the national undergraduate student population. This group of students faces the unique situation of attempting to balance parenting while earning a degree. 

Guest speakers, including Gopher football quarterback and father of 11-month-old twin boys MarQueis Gray, will discuss their experiences as student parents.

As in years past the event will feature a college access component for teen mothers from several Teen Parent Programs in the Twin Cities metro area.

A Family Friendly Campus Resource Fair will also be held in conjunction with Visibility Day in acknowledgement of all the students, staff and faculty who face the many challenges inherent in maintaining a healthy work/school/family balance.

All campus and community members are welcome to join us for this event. Free pizza will be served on the Plaza from Noon to 1 p.m.

For interviews about the work of the HELP Center or this event, please contact Steve Henneberry with the University News Service at henneberry@umn.edu or (612) 624-1690.

About the Student-Parent HELP Center
As one of the oldest and largest student-parent programs in the nation, the U’s SPHC is currently in its 45th year serving under-represented, low-income students. The HELP Center continues to work to eliminate the challenges student parents face while completing their first BA degrees. To achieve this end, the SPHC has developed a unique, “one-stop shopping” model to deliver a broad range of services to undergraduate, University of Minnesota students with children. For more information visit www.sphc.umn.edu.

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