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Parent & Family Programs

Stay involved. Get connected. Support your Roo. Welcome to our UMKC family!

About Us:

UMKC Parent and Family Programs informs and connects parents and family members of current UMKC students to our university community with the goal of supporting your student’s personal and academic journey towards graduation. We value parents and family members as critical partners in student success and retention, collaborating to empower appropriate involvement in and advocacy for your student’s UMKC experience.

“Parent and family” includes, but is not limited to, biological parents, stepparents, extended family members, adoptive parents, foster parents, legal guardians, and/or anyone who serves as a primary or caring supporter of a UMKC student.

UMKC Parent and Family Programs is housed in the Office of Student Involvement (OSI) within the UMKC Division of Student Affairs. As a parent or family member, please feel free to connect with us via:

¿Hablas Español? Familias necesitando asistencia en Español, por favor contáctanos en familias@umkc.edu y un miembro de la Universidad se comunicará con usted en breve.

We are committed to providing you the best support possible as a member of our Roo family!

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UMKC Parent and Family Programs wants to keep parents and family members well-connected to all UMKC has to offer, as well as to the latest information and updates. We hope to inform you about services, events, and policies that have or will shape our campus communities. Please join our mailing list to receive our monthly newsletter, and other mailings regarding health and safety updates, campus life, and more.

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UMKC Parent and Family Resource Hub

UMKC Parent and Family Programs connects parents and family members to resources that can support you and your student. Check out our compilation of frequently searched for campus and community resources. We continue to add to this list often, so check back for updates.

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UMKC Parent and Family Newsletter:

Want to stay up-to-date on all things UMKC? Join our email newsletter. The UMKC Parent and Family Programs Newsletter provides updates on student life, support services, upcoming events and deadlines, family events, involvement opportunities, and more.

UMKC Parent and Family Programs Newsletter: September 2021

Archived Newsletters:

UMKC Parent and Family Programs Newsletter: Roo Welcome Edition
UMKC Parent and Family Programs: Early August 2021
UMKC Parent and Family Programs Newsletter: June 2021
UMKC Parent and Family Programs Newsletter: May 2021
UMKC Parent and Family Programs Newsletter: April 2021
UMKC Parent and Family Programs Newsletter: March 2021
UMKC Parent and Family Programs Newsletter: February 2021
UMKC Parent and Family Programs Newsletter: January 2021
UMKC Parent and Family Programs Newsletter: December 2020
UMKC Parent and Family Programs Newsletter: November 2020
UMKC Parent and Family Programs Newsletter: October 2020
UMKC Parent and Family Programs Newsletter: September 2020
UMKC Parent and Family Programs Newsletter: August 2020
UMKC Parent and Family Programs Newsletter: July 2020
UMKC Parent and Family Programs Newsletter: June 2020
UMKC Parent and Family Programs Newsletter: May 2020
UMKC Parent and Family Programs Newsletter: March 27, 2020
UMKC Parent and Family Programs Newsletter: March 2020
UMKC Parent and Family Programs Newsletter: February 2020
UMKC Parent and Family Programs Newsletter: January 2020
UMKC Parent and Family Programs Newsletter: December 2019
UMKC Parent and Family Programs Newsletter: November 2019

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UMKC Parents and Families Facebook Group:

The UMKC Parents and Families Facebook Group is for parents and family members of current UMKC students. It is managed by the UMKC Strategic Marketing and Communications Department, UMKC Parent and Family Programs, and the Office of Student Involvement (OSI). Facebook Groups are meant to bring people together. The UMKC Parents and Families Facebook Group’s goal is to provide a place where parents and family members can share experiences and advice with one another within a supportive community.

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UMKC Family Weekend:

Each Fall Semester, UMKC opens our doors to parents, family members, and support systems of UMKC students, and invites everyone to attend events around campus, throughout Kansas City, and virtually.

Family Weekend celebrates your involvement in our UMKC community, welcoming you into our Roo family, while also connecting you to resources to support you and your student.

Family Weekend 2021 will take place Friday, September 24 through Sunday, September 26.

Learn More about UMKC Family Weekend

UMKC Parent and Family Council

UMKC Parent and Family Programs is excited to launch the UMKC Parent and Family Council. This Council serves as a liaison between parents and family members of UMKC students and the university. If you are interested in joining our Council and/or learning more, fill out the UMKC Parent and Family Council Interest Form.

Get Involved in UMKC Parent and Family Council

Letters from Home

UMKC Parent and Family Programs offers Letters from Home as a way for parents, family members, and Roo supporters to connect with your students during times of transition in college.

Letters from Home invites you to write some encouraging words to your student that will be mailed to them on your behalf. These encouraging words can be words of affirmation, opportunities for reflection, or even hopes for the next few weeks into the next few years.

If you would like to personally mail a letter to your student, we have Letter from Home stationary just for you!

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UMKC Taste of Home

Food brings families together. Share your Taste of Home with our Roo Family!

Now more than ever, we’re flocking to our kitchens to enjoy the simple comforts of cooking. Whether you are a foodie influencer, or just want to showcase a favorite quick and easy meal, share your talents with us, as we build our UMKC Taste of Home Cookbook.

We are looking for those “signature” family recipes–the ones that families make again and again. The recipes that UMKC families make when their student comes home. Those must-try dishes that have been in your family for generations, or your kitchen hacks that have become your favorite go-to family meals during these past few months.

Select recipes will be featured in the UMKC Taste of Home Cookbook, sponsored by UMKC Parent and Family Programs, Office of Student Involvement (OSI), Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA), and Campus Dining Services.

Share Your Recipe

First in the Family

UMKC defines a first-generation college student as any student whose parents or guardians did not receive a bachelor’s degree in the United States. First Gen Roo strives to build a supportive, energetic, and inclusive community to enrich our first-generation students’ experiences at UMKC.  We believe that parents, families, and supporters should have all the information and resources available to support First Gen Roos. Learn more about the First in the Family partnership between UMKC Parent and Family Programs and First Gen Roo.

Are you a parent, family member, or supporter of a First Gen Roo student? Download our Supporter Badge today!

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