The Director of Single Parent Success will support single parent students at College of Saint Mary to achieve their college education. Housed in the Achievement Center, Single Parent Success will provide students with encouragement, support, and connections to resources in the community. We hope that students who take advantage of the programs and resources offered will become confident parents, and goal-oriented, self-assured women.
One-on-One Support: The Director of Single Parent Success is a support for you and can provide you with counsel and encouragement during difficult situations or life changes, and can also direct you to resources and assistance available in the community. All CSM students may seek out the Director of Single Parent Success for one-on-one support regarding parental concerns or needs.
The Successful Single Mother (IDS-160): Single parent students can elect to take the Successful Single Mother (IDS-160), a one-credit course aimed at providing tools for single mothers to set and meet goals that matter to them. This course provides opportunities to review and understand the institutional oppression of single mothers and the feminization of poverty, in an effort to help students unlearn stereotypes and carry themselves with confidence. Students in the class will also build camaraderie with peers by sharing goals with one another, and participating in Single Parent Success events. Students can elect to take this class for one credit, or to audit the course at no charge other than the cost of the class text book. All new Mothers Living & Learning residents are required to take The Successful Single Mother (IDS-160).
Life Skills Workshops: All single parent students are welcome to participate in monthly life skills workshops. Topics vary from information about child custody and support to parenting strategies, health and wellness, and much more. Each workshop provides learning opportunities for participants to grow and develop as both students and parents.
Many Opportunities for Mothering Solo (M.O.M.S.): The Many Opportunities for Mothering Solo (M.O.M.S.) student organization is connected with Single Parent Success, but is completely student led. The M.O.M.S. group meets one to two times per month to plan fundraisers and fun events for single mothers and children at CSM. The group also provides peer support for members.