For the first time, Oregon State University hosted Mi Familia Weekend. The three-day event brought together Latino student’s families, many whom had never visited their student’s place of study. Parents and siblings were treated to complimentary meals (including a Gala dinner), workshops, campus tours and a resource fair.
Even though I am a senior, and my parents have visited campus multiple times before, I decided that it would be really awesome for them to take part of this historic event. Because we registered early, my family received free t-shirts, which my mom and I wore (and apparently my dad was too cool to wear one – he refused).
My parents have always been firm believers that parents should be as a large of a part in their child’s education as possible. I remember them being at almost every open house, school assembly, and parent teacher conference. Sometimes it would be just my mom, other times it would be both my parents. Even though at the time I hated having to attend those events, and even worse having to translate (“how embarrassing” I’d think – gawd I want to go back and smack myself por esos malos pensamientos), now I really appreciate the sacrifice and effort my parents made. Looking back now, I almost feel that because of my parents’ involvement, teachers did not write me off as just another Latina kid – who might end up pregnant – or drop out – all before the age of sixteen.
Parental involvement in their child’s education is important. What advice do you have for parents who want to become more involved? What suggestions do you have for parents who have language barriers? How involved were your parents, how did that affect your education?
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