Hands on Hat Campaign: Promoting Student Parent Awareness
Author: Resource Center for Students With Children
Posted: May 5, 2017
The "Hands on Hats" campaign for student parent awareness was conceptualized through a collaboration between the National Center for Student Parent Programs and the Adult Learners and Students with Children Knowledge Community of NASPA. It reflects a national collaborative effort to raise awareness and visibility for student parents. 

Together we sponsored a national logo contest seeking a symbol to represent student parent allyship and awareness. The winning design by Taylor Gray '17, a student parent studying marketing at Portland State University, featured the symbolism of parent and child hand prints on a graduation cap. We were so inspired by this logo that it developed into this larger awareness campaign.

Many student parents feel isolated and alone in their experiences balancing college with parenting and other life responsibilities. Additionally, for many student parent families, college is a two-generation investment, whereby parents and children work together as a team to succeed in school. Some programs sponsor family-friendly graduations, but many students who would like to acknowledge their children at graduation, do not have the opportunity to do so.

How can you participate? 

Come to our Graduation Cap Decorating Night on 5/24! 

Post a picture of you in your cap with: #studentparents

Can't attend our decorating night? Stop by our office (SMSU 462) and pick up a pre-decorated cap top to wear at graduation!