So, that is the very short story of my time so far at UWB as an advocate for parenting students. Currently, I am continuing my advocacy work on a few fronts. First, I sit on the Childcare Advisory Committee with Ruth Medina, representatives from the faculty, staff, students, SAF, UWB administration, and ASUWB. While sitting on the committee we have collectively developed multiple proposals, distributed, gathered, and interpreted survey data, and have assited in decision making about parent resource contracts such as sick child care, priority access to Kindercare, and discounts at childcare programs.
We have a few projects in the works which include continuing advocacy for an onsite childcare at UWB as well as hosting a forum with either the Chancellor or Vice Chancellor that would allow students to discuss barriers in their education at UWB. Additionaly, we have been guest speaking in classes to discuss the importance of advocacy and tell people about the project. We are also scheduled to present to the space allocating committee, the SUPER-G.
Some have explained to me that I will never benefit from the programs that I am fighting for. I explain to them that the Making School Accessible Project isn't about making life easier for myself and my family. This project is about making it so parents don't walk onto the campus at UWB feeling unwelcome and alone. I want them to feel as though they are welcome and encouraged to chase their dreams. For this generation of educated parents will act as rolemodels for our next generation.