Family Engagement in Higher Education Webinar Series

Each semester AHEPPP: Family Engagement in Higher Education provides our members with 3-5 complimentary webinars. Webinars are free of charge for members, but advance registration is required. Members also have on-demand access to our webinar archive. If you are considering becoming a member, we encourage you to take advantage of a free trial webinar. Please contact Lindsay McKinney to sign up today. 

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COVID-19 College Parents Speak Out Part II
Wednesday February 3 | 3pm EST

Presented by Dr. Jodi Dworkin and Marjorie Savage | University of Minnesota
Member Price: Free
Non-Member Price: Free

During the past year, AHEPPP partnered with the Department of Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota to conduct a two-part survey of parents of college students. The purpose was to determine how families navigated the decisions and transitions caused by COVID-19.  Dr. Jodi Dworkin and Marjorie Savage will present the findings of the second wave of the survey and the implications for Parent/Family Programs. The survey will include information on the challenges families faced during fall semester, including difficulties with online learning, potential delays in graduation, and changing plans related to majors and career decisions. It will also show how families used the online services and programs provided by their students’ college or university.

Top 10 Ways to Engage Families (Beyond Orientation Programming)
Thursday February 11 | 12pm EST
Presented by Dr. Chelsea Petree | Rochester Institute of Technology 
Member Price: Free
Non-Member Price: $49

Parent and family engagement on college campuses is not new, yet it can be hard to know how to move beyond family orientation programming to create meaningful engagement opportunities throughout the year. Ideal for a new practitioner, or anyone who is looking for a refresher course: this presentation will share the top ten ways to create family engagement on your campus, including how to identify reasonable goals, involve campus partners, and create programming that will support your mission and lead to student success.

Crisis Communications with Parents & Families
Tuesday February 16 | 12pm EST
Presented by Torchstar Education 
Member Price: Free
Non-Member Price: $49

A condensed version of our sold out AHEPPP Institute, featured at our 2020 Virtual Conference. Participants will learn how to develop an action plan and strategies for communicating with families and creating a seat at the decision-making table at their campus, be able to identify elements of successful crisis communications, and gain new ideas for implementation and action plans. 

Generation Z and their Families: Understanding their Influences and Actions
Thursday February 25 | 1:30pm EST
Presented by Lindsey Bray | University of Memphis & Andrea Mitchen | University of Houston
Member Price: Free
Non-Member Price: $49

Generation Z parents are more involved than ever before, from daily communication to major choice to job and intern searches. Despite the increased connectedness, they are not often part of the holistic approach to a student’s transition and success. This session will provide information on understanding this generation of parents, how to communicate with them to help communicate with students, and ways to involve and engage them throughout a student’s college career to assist with a student’s transition and lead to student success.

State of Food Insecurity on College Campuses and Ways Parent and Family Programs Can Support Efforts
Thursday March 25 | 12:30 pm EST
Presented by Sharon Duffy & Maureen Hurley | Emerson College
Member Price: Free
Non-Member Price: $49

Food insecurity is not a new issue to higher education, however, it is an issue that has received heightened attention. We are faced with an increased urgency to quantify, address, and ultimately find remedies for this complex and multifaceted problem. Parent and Family programs are well positioned to support these efforts. This presentation will provide an overview of Emerson College's food access initiatives and will give participants a chance to share ideas and efforts to bring back to their campuses.

Expert Advice: 10 tips for Successful Family Engagement & Giving
Thursday April 22 | 1pm EST
Presented by Ryan Lovell | The Ohio State University & Heather Bennett | Duke University 
Member Price: Free
Non-Member Price: Free

To maximize the benefits of family engagement in higher education, an institution must take a holistic approach.  A strategic and integrated approach to communications, fundraising efforts and programming can create a model of family advancement on your campus.  Whether new to your role or a seasoned professional, this webinar will provide strategies and advice from experts on how to best work with families so that your campus can maximize their engagement in all aspects of campus support.