The main purpose of the Student/Parent Advisory Board (SPAB) is to ensure that OSU students who are parents have full access to all of the resources and opportunities offered by the university. To this end, we work to identify and remove barriers to student parents' academic achievements.
The board allocates Our Little Village student fee funds, which are used to operate the Childcare and Family Resources (CFR) office and drop-off child care centers in the Valley Library and Dixon Recreation Center. We administer the need-based ASOSU child care subsidy, which can cover up to half of student parents’ child care costs.
We also advise the university on various matters that affect parents on campus, advocate for increased family-friendliness across campus, and administer the Beaver Beginnings childcare center contract.
The board is composed of faculty, staff, and students. We meet monthly during the summer and every other week during the school year. If you are interested in joining the board or attending an upcoming meeting, please email the board chair at email@example.com for more information.
Who are we? Meet the current board here.
Curious about what we've been up to so far this year? SPAB meeting minutes and CFR Coordinator reports are available here.
Wondering what we want to accomplish in the future? Check out our five-year plan here.
LeeAnn Baker - Professional Faculty; Honors College Academic Advisor. Member since 2009.
Verity Bishop - Graduate Student; Public Health. Member since 2011.
Mousa Diabat - PhD Student; Geosciences. Member since 2013.
Arielle Goranson - ASOSU Non-Traditional Affairs Task Force Director. Member since 2012.
Jehan Jabareen - Graduate Student; Applied Economics. Member since 2013.
Terese Jones - (Board Chair)- Graduate Student; Human Development and Family Sciences. Member since 2013.
Trent Lesire - Community Member and OSU Alum. Member since 2013.
Jen Maguire - Graduate Student; Human Development and Family Sciences. Member since 2009.
Michelle Marie - Graduate Student; Design and Human Environment. Member since 2006.
Leslee Mayers - Professional Faculty; Assistant Director of New Student Programs. Member since 2008.
Megan Pratt - Graduate Student; Human Development and Family Sciences. Member since 2010.
Stephanie Smith - Classified Staff; Fiscal Coordinator, Business Affairs. Member since 2009.
Karinda Woodward - Undergraduate Student; Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies. Member since 2013.
Interested in helping to represent parents at OSU? Please contact Michelle Marie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Student/Parent Advisory Board's bylaws are below - please feel free to take a look.
Over the next five years, we want to see awesome things happening on campus! This five-year plan outlines our goals - big and small - for services, activities, and projects that benefit parents on campus.
Check it out - and let us know if you have questions or want to get involved!