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Parent and Family Programs

Average 225 posts
per month by parents in office-coordinated Facebook group

Facebook Posts: This group of parents are the best. I put something out there and in minute I get answers. My sister's kids to to [another school] and they too have a parents' Facebook page but her answers don't come as fast. Another post: There are things I would not have known but for this page. I have a senior now and this page was not around when he was a freshman. Or at least I didn't know about it. It has been a valuable resource. Thanks to the parents who have helped make sure others got home safely, who cared enough to share basic information and who made others aware.

The Office of Parent & Family Programs works to engage all parents and families as vital partners in advancing the mission of Miami University to create citizen leaders. We value the experiences, perspectives, and wisdom of all families, and create connections that help families appropriately support student learning, transitions, and personal growth.

Affiliated groups: Parents Council with representation from up to 10 families per class year – total membership of 40 families

Support

Parent & Family Programs distributes timely information to families by providing an introduction to Miami during orientation as well as ongoing support and resources throughout their connection with the university.

Publications and Social Media

  • Newsletters for first-year and all families
  • Facebook Group (3,500+ members)
  • Parents identify the page as one of the best resources for supporting their student.

Programming

  • Family Weekend provides families with opportunities to learn about Miami and their student’s experience. Over 2,000 families attend each year.

Stewardship

Parent & Family Programs annually distributes over $200,000 in grants to individual students, student organizations, departments, and faculty members through the Miami Family Fund. Parent & Family Programs considers level of financial need to award individual student grants, providing the highest amounts to students with the highest need, making opportunities available to students who otherwise would not have been able to participate.


Key Facts & Figures

  • Engage over 10,000 parents/family members monthly through digital communication
  • Coordinate the orientation of almost 5,000 family members of incoming students