Dear Parents and Families,

Welcome to Parent and Family Programs from the College at the University of Chicago. Our mission is to work collaboratively to serve the needs and interests of parents and families of undergraduate students. Housed in the College Programming Office, we seek to provide programs, events, and other opportunities for engagement in an effort to build a strong connection with our parents and families and to keep you informed about life at the University.  Our goal is to create a welcoming and respectful environment in which parents, family members, students, and University faculty and staff can meet, learn, and support one another during this important period in the life of every student.

Not only are we a programmatic entity, but we also hope to serve as a resource for you. If you have questions, concerns, or compliments that you would like to share, please feel free to send me an email (mhendricks@uchicago.edu) or give me a call at 773.834.8805. Also, let me know if you are visiting campus as I would love to meet you directly for conversation and a hot cup of coffee.

Throughout the year, parents and families will find a number of exciting opportunities to get involved on campus, including Family Orientation and Family Weekend among others.  However, we also understand that not everyone can make it to campus so look for an expanded, quarterly parent newsletter, the Parent Connection, and new web-based events, seminars, and on-demand videos. It is our goal that parents and families will feel that they  have a good sense of what is going on in the life of the campus and feel confident that UChicago is truly providing a first-class education for your student. In order to make sure that you do not miss out on any of our communications, make sure that your student keeps your mailing address and email address information updated online at my.uchicago.edu.

In addition to our events and programs, we hope you will find our Parent and Family website to be an excellent resource for you throughout your student's time in the College. This website has tried to provide as much information as possible in one place to prevent you from having to search around multiple websites for information. Of course, we will also be adding new information to keep you informed, but if you see something that we're missing, please let us know. We want the Parent and Family website to be a true of hub of engagement for you and your family. And remember to bookmark this site as we hope that you will return frequently to continue your engagement with our community of parents.

The University of Chicago is a wonderful place for any student to learn, grow, and accomplish great things. I look forward to working with and meeting you as your student continues their education in the College.

Warmest regards,
Matthew Hendricks
Senior Associate Director of College Programming
Email: mhendricks@uchicago.edu; Phone: 773.834.8805

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