My Open Letter To Parents Of College Students Went Viral

Dear parents and supportive loved ones, your student needs your unconditional support.

I wrote an open letter to the parents of college students that has since become one of my most widely shared blog posts to date.

In the letter, I share some common themes related to challenges that students have experienced, learned through my work with students over the years.

Think of it as sharing the things students wish they could say, but may not feel comfortable enough to share for a variety of reasons, including power dynamics.

For parents and supportive loved ones, use my letter as a conversation starter towards more authentic relationships between yourselves and your loved student(s).

For student affairs professionals, and faculty, and other supportive staff in higher ed, my letter can also be used as a resource for discussion, training, and consideration regarding some of the challenges students may face, as well as the kind of support they may need to get through it.

Read my note: “An Open Letter To The Parents Of College Students: 8 Things Those Students Want You To Know” at Notes From An Aspiring Humanitarian.


From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins-Jones, MSW, LLMSW

Relando Thompkins-Jones

I'm a Social Justice Educator and Aspiring Humanitarian who is interested in conflict resolution, improving intergroup relations, and building more equitable and inclusive communities. "Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian" is my blog, where I write about issues of diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice. By exploring social identities through written word, film & video, and other forms of media, I hope to continue to expand and enrich conversations about social issues that face our society, and to find ways to take social action while encouraging others to do so as well in their own ways.

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