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'Behind the Blue': Enhancing Student Success by Engaging With Parents and Families

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 20, 2021) — Making the transition to college can be an intimidating time not only for incoming undergraduate students, but also for families, as they seek to support their students from their earliest days on campus through graduation.

Embracing a multidimensional concept of family and the diversity of family structures, including families of origin and families of choice, the University of Kentucky Parent and Family Association invites parents, guardians, grandparents, spouses/partners and any other supportive people in the lives of UK students to join for free. The association strives to enhance student success by actively engaging parents and families as part of the larger university community through publications, programs and services. Their goal is to offer the best way to stay informed, get connected and find support for families and their students.

On this episode of "Behind the Blue," two members from UK’s Office for Student Success talk about their work with these families and students.

Nancy Stephens is the head of the New Student and Family Programs team, working with programs such as the K Week fall welcome week and the UK Parent and Family Association.

Nicki Jenkins is the senior program specialist for the Parent and Family Association, overseeing all day-to-day functions and coordinating events and programs.

Together they discuss the Parent and Family Association and the work they do, including UK’s Family Weekend.

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