A 'support network' can be defined as individuals, organizations or institutions that help you achieve your personal and professional goals. Support networks can provide emotional support, practical help, and tangible resources. This page exists to provide you with opportunities to build your own support network through various events, social media pages, campus activities for the whole family to enjoy, programs to support your parenting goals, professional support groups, and more. Let's get connected and support each other!
Students Who Are Parents (SWAP)
Like the SWAP page on Facebook. This page was established to share student parent campus and community resources, useful parenting content, events and event updates, and more! This page is also great to get connected with other UMSL students with children. We also have an Instagram!
Tiny Tritons is a series presented by the Office of Student Involvement with UMSL families in mind! With multiple programs throughout the year, these family-friendly programs are geared towards children PreK-5th Grade. Events vary from educational, physical, crafts, and just plain fun! Visit the Tiny Tritons webpage to learn more about these fun programs!
Triton Student Parent Success Programs
Are you ready to gather with other student parents for conversation, discussion, learning, and a shared experience? Triton Student Parent Success hosts a variety of events throughout the semester intentionally planned to address common student parent concerns and interests. These programs provide information, tools, and tips to support student parents in both parenting and academics.
Become a member of the Triton Student Parent Success organization on TritonConnect to see and register for all of our events!
Group and Individual Therapy
Support groups can be a great way to meet with other student parents to discuss the real and raw experiences of being a student and a parent. In addition, group and individual therapy can allow you to add a skilled mental health professional to your support network. As an UMSL student parent you may be eligible to receive free or discounted counseling services through Counseling Services or the Counseling and Social Advocacy Center (CSAC). Counseling Services provides low-cost individual and group therapy for UMSL students. The Counseling and Social Advocacy Center provides affordable group and individual services to UMSL students and play therapy sessions for children. The Counseling and Social Advocacy Center also occasionally hosts group therapy sessions specifically for student parents, which are free to Pell Eligible student parents. Check out their webpages for more information and to gain access to these resources!
Family Nights at the REC Center
Family Night focuses on providing an affordable opportunity for the UMSL Community to have fun with their family at the UMSL Recreation and Wellness Center. This event is FREE for members and children under 5 - as an UMSL student you are already a member of the Recreation and Wellness center. Be sure to check it out!
Attend UMSL Athletic Events - For FREE
UMSL Athletic events are FREE for UMSL students and for children under 6! This is a great opportunity to support UMSL student athletes and get involved with campus - and your children will enjoy this exciting experience too! Check out their calendar for upcoming games!