Student Parent Association
A Support Organization for University of Louisville Student-Parents The S.P.A. is a new recognized student organization at the University of Louisville and was approved by the Student Government Association for RSO status in April 2011. U of L student-parents may view college from different perspectives, face many challenges and take on different roles as a moms, dads, single-parents, married and also at the same time being a student. Therefore, a campus support group is important in helping this group of students meet the challenges they face.
The primary purpose(s) of the organization is to promote the academic success of the university’s student parents; offer support services and resources to student-parents who are pursuing a college degree; and help student-parents learn to balance their personal, social, academic and professional lives. Additional purposes, but not limited to, are to connect student-parents on the University of Louisville campus with one another; offer information regarding campus and community resources that are beneficial to students, such as childcare, housing, academic; etc., and provide networking opportunities.
The Women’s Center MOMS Support Group falls under the umbrella of this organization and will continue its current mission. Membership includes U of L student-parents (both male and female) but is also open to a limited number of student-parents from the local Metroversity schools, such as Jefferson Community & Technical College System (JCTCS), Spalding University, etc., who are not enrolled as U of L students but who are also enrolled student-parents at their respective schools. The SPA/Mom Support Group meets at least twice a month each semester and also sponsors various projects such as the annual Clothing Exchange Project for Children.