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Report issued on graduate student families at Stanford

Stanford Arcades
Apr 2 2018
Stanford, Students

The Student Families Working Advisory Group (SFWAG) released a report offering recommendations to address many of the challenges experienced by graduate student parents who manage demanding academic, research and family responsibilities. View the report here (Stanford WebLogin required).

Patricia J. Gumport, vice provost for graduate education, commissioned the advisory group to assess existing support for graduate student parents and to develop recommendations for resources and initiatives that would meet the compelling needs and enhance the lives of graduate student families. Gumport credits effective advocacy by leaders of the Student Parent Alliance and Mothers in Academia who together brought these issues to the attention of university leadership.

The Graduate Student Council (GSC) released today findings from a survey assessing the well-being of graduate students that was conducted last summer. The GSC and the Office for the Vice Provost for Graduate Education (VPGE) will host an open community meeting on April 10 at 5:30 p.m. at the Graduate Community Center. Provost Persis Drell and other university leaders will attend the meeting in order to hear students’ perspectives on the GSC survey findings and the report from the Student Families Working Advisory Group. The discussion will inform decisions regarding the recommendations of the advisory group.

“We all look forward to hearing students’ perspectives, especially their views on how to prioritize recommendations for resources and initiatives, which will be considered within the context of the university’s long-range planning effort,” said Gumport.

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