Student Parent Resources and Information
Trinity Washington University is committed to going beyond the traditional scope of student services to provide more holistic support to our parenting students. We engaged in a two-year working group called Family U to engage with colleagues, other campuses and experts to become stronger advocates for our parenting students.
Why? Simple. Overall, about 24% of the entire Trinity student body are parenting students (Fall 2023).
The U.S. national average of all undergraduate students with children, according to the U.S. Department of Labor is 22%.
For Trinity, the number of parenting students ranges from 44.51% of all undergraduate students in the School of Professional Studies to 9.80% of all students enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences. Business and Graduate Studies enrolls 22.41% parenting students, the School of Education enrolls 25.81% parenting students, and the School of Nursing and Health Professions (undergraduate and graduate) enrolls 24.11% parenting students.
We are excited to announce the opening of the Family Friendly Study Space, located in the lower level of Trinity’s Library, student parents will find the Family Resource Library. Through partnership with the University Librarian, this designated room will be a safe and quiet space, where student parents may study with their children.
The family study space is a secure, clean, and child friendly space, where student parents are able to get schoolwork done, while their little ones are occupied with age-appropriate activities. Contact Trisha Smith, University Librarian at: SmithTri@trinitydc.edu
See the recent Trinity Times article highlighting the space at: https://trinitydctimes.com/2023/10/02/new-family-library-to-offer-student-parents-study-space-with-their-children/
Student Affairs at Trinity Washington University is committed to offering students a variety of opportunities for involvement on campus including Athletics, student clubs and organizations, student government, and service projects to join and lead, offering something for everyone. One of the recognized Student Clubs is the Student Parent Alliance, whose mission is: to provide a safe space for parents to communicate, learn about campus and community resources, discuss challenges and hardships, celebrate our joys and achievements, and advocate for a welcoming environment on campus. Current contact information for the Club President and Faculty Advisor is available at: https://discover.trinitydc.edu/student-activities/clubs/
- Student Affairs can provide students access to our free food pantry to assist with short terms needs. Trinity’s Food Pantry is located in Main Hall, 2nd floor. If you need assistance please stop by to see Dean Meechie Bowie (Main 223) or Sr. Ann Howard (Main 224) or contact 202-884-9611 or email email@example.com.
- Additionally, the Capital Area Food Bank provides emergency food assistance to residents of the DC Metropolitan area including the District of Columbia, Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties, and Northern Virginia. Use their interactive map at https://www.capitalareafoodbank.org/covid19response/#get-help or call 202-644-9807 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you need assistance.
- Check out the DC Diaper Bank’s Diaper Hub for resources and locations for diaper assistance at: https://greaterdcdiaperbank.org/our-programs/diaperhubs/
- The Student Affairs Emergency Student Assistance Fund was established to provide assistance to Trinity students due to one-time, unexpected financial emergencies or hardship. This assistance is intended to help students stay in school and meet their educational goals, ultimately securing a better financial future for themselves and their families. Review eligibility and apply at: https://discover.trinitydc.edu/student-affairs/emergency-student-assistance/
Title IX is a Federal civil rights law that bans discrimination on the basis of sex, to include pregnancy, in educational programs and activities. As a result, faculty and staff must work with pregnant students to create a plan that will best allow the student to continue her studies in the event she is unable to attend class or complete assignments on time. Trinity is committed to creating an accessible and inclusive environment for pregnant and parenting members of our community.
In order to receive the best support possible, students should disclose needs based on pregnancy to faculty or staff members as soon as possible. Upon disclosing this information, the faculty or staff member will work out appropriate adjustments. In many cases, the student may be asked for appropriate documentation in order to put a suitable accommodation in place. Students also have the choice of reaching out to Trinity’s Title IX Coordinator, Sarah Phelps, directly at PhelpsS@trinitydc.edu, or 202-884-9049 if further assistance is needed or if concerns arise.
The Trinity Washington University Health and Wellness Center provides routine primary care, women’s health and counseling services Monday-Friday between 8am – 5pm. You may walk in or schedule an appointment. All full time, part time, day, evening and weekend students are eligible to receive care. Care is generally provided at no cost to the student however, we may bill your insurance so please bring your insurance card with you to your visit. The Health and Wellness Center is located in Main 461 on the 4th floor of Main Hall. Email: HealthCenter@trinitydc.edu or call: 202-884-9615.
The Trinity Health and Wellness Center also offers free and confidential mental health services to students, including Individual Counseling; Support Groups; Mental Health Screenings and Prevention & Education Workshops and Programs. Further, check out this list of applications and websites that can assist you in addressing a variety of concerns and can be used to support the work you do in therapy or assist with self-improvement. https://discover.trinitydc.edu/student-affairs/self-care-and-stress-reduction/.
Trinity offers 3 locations for lactation.
As part of the Family Library, there is a separate lactation room. it is available to all mothers on campus for nursing and pumping. It has privacy, a glider and foot stool, and a mini refrigerator, as well as an attached bathroom.
Trinity’s Health and Wellness Center (Main Hall 461) can arrange for your private use of their meditation room to use as a lactation room if you have a need for a safe place to express or pump. The staff can also provide lactating nursing mothers with educational and environmental support of their breastfeeding goals. Please contact the Health Center at email@example.com or call: 202-884-9615 to make an appointment and discuss options.
Payden Academic Center offers limited use of its “Clinical Suite” of rooms on the 2nd Floor of Payden for lactation needs.
Trinity does not currently have any on campus childcare services, but we can assist you in connecting you to off campus resources. See: https://discover.trinitydc.edu/student-affairs/child-care-resources/ for a current list of resources and supports to assist. Please reach out to Dean Meechie Bowie at 202-884-9611, Main Hall 223 or BowieM@trinitydc.edu for assistance.
Trinity is a partner with Generation Hope, whose mission is to ensure all student parents have the opportunities to succeed and experience economic mobility, Generation Hope engages education and policy partners to drive systemic change and provides direct support to teen parents in college as well as their children through holistic, two-generation programming. The DC Scholar Program is designed to help young parents in the D.C. metro area achieve their college dreams. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, see criteria and apply at: https://cm2hope.neworg.com/default.asp?PageNum=57
Trinity Washington University has been chosen as a 2023-2026 FamilyU Seal recipient. Trinity Washington University has been selected as one of 13 institutions chosen from a competitive field of candidates to receive this recognition for investment in student parent success.