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Students Who Are Parents (SWAP)

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UMSL is committed to supporting students who have children by creating opportunities, connections, and services on the UMSL campus and in the surrounding community through the Students Who Are Parents (SWAP) group. Parenting is a tough job! Many of our students parent, work, and juggle many other competing priorities. SWAP aims to create a cohesive and supportive community of scholars that understand the unique experience of their parenting peers.

SWAP is spearheaded by Ashley Johnson - a parent, student and UMSL professional. In an effort to continue building this initiative we welcome any feedback or suggestions. Please contact Ashley with any questions at

Parent Cafe

The central effort of SWAP is Parent Cafe, a recurring event where student parents to share a meal and gather for meaningful, reflective conversations that promote parent leadership and collaboration. 

Past Parent Cafe themes include:

The Parent Cafe model has been shown to:

We hope you'll join us and share your experiences! If you'd like to recieve updates on future Parent Cafe dates, email Ashley Johnson at

Check back for Fall 2018 dates!

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