Michelson 20MM Shorts: A Day in the Life of Student Parent Kimberly Salazar

A Day in the Life of Student Parent Kimberly SalazarVideo credit: Michelson 20MM – Learn more about Kimberly Salazar’s Journey in Part 2.

The Michelson Pregnant and Parenting Student Initiative works to increase support for pregnant and parenting students at California colleges and universities. In California, 20% of all undergraduates—486,454 students—are parenting college students, and 181,182 are single mothers.

In this series, individuals share their experiences of navigating college while managing the responsibilities of parenting college students.

Kimberly Salazar, a single parent at UC Berkeley, often has to choose between basic needs like eating, sleeping, and showering, a reflection of the “time poverty” student parents face. A day in the life of a college student such as Kimberly can mean deciding between spending time with her daughter or completing her studies.

While only 28% of single mothers graduate within six years of enrollment, those who gain a degree tend to do so with higher-than-average GPAs.

Thanks to her organized approach to classes and UC Berkeley basic needs support, Kimberly appears destined for similar academic achievement and is already setting her sights on grad school and a Ph.D.

Visit the website to learn more about the programmatic and policy efforts in support of pregnant and parenting student rights: https://20mm.org/pregnant-and-parenting-student-initiative/.

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Mar 6, 2024 | 20 Million Minds, Media