As a new or expecting parent at Cal, you can feel reassured that previous generations of student parents have successfully navigated this experience, and have left a supportive legacy of resources, policies, services, and strategies for academic achievement that you can make use of, contribute to, and pass along to future student parents.
Title IX law requires that schools receiving federal funds do not discriminate against students on the basis of sex, which includes pregnancy and related conditions like childbirth, pregnancy termination, and recovery. This prohibition against discrimination comes in a number of forms – for example, students must not be forced to attend a different program or school than their peers, must be given the opportunity to make up missed work for pregnancy-related absences, must be treated the same as if they had a temporary disability, and may not be excluded from sports or extracurricular activities.
- Expect to find a supportive community at the Student Parent Center
- Expect to revamp your thinking about study strategies and course workload
- Expect to “learn to ask” for what you need, like accommodations from graduate student instructors (GSIs) and faculty… and expect to go to their office hours
- Expect to know more about financial aid than you ever imagined possible
- Expect to revise your time management strategies to include practically every academic and financial aid deadline Cal has to offer
- Expect to take stress reduction techniques to a whole new level
- Expect to graduate with “Parenting” as your double or triple major!
For all of our new Mama and Papa Bears, we would encourage each one of you to drop by or schedule an appointment with Student Parent Center staff. This way, we can ensure that we help you develop an individualized plan of support and connect you to various campus and community resources to help you build your village.