The Student Parent HELP Center has been providing supportive services to student parents and other non-traditional students on the U of M campus since 1967. Recognized leaders in the field, the SPHC has assisted hundreds of moms and dads in achieving their dream of a college degree and frequently provides consultation to other colleges and universities wishing to establish similar programming.
With a team of social work professionals trained to assist student parents with their academic and family related needs, the SPHC provides advocacy, coaching and referrals to address any barrier a parent might face on their way to degree completion.
Susan Warfield, MSW, LICSW, Program Director
I attended the University of Denver receiving a BA in Psychology and completed a Masters in Social Welfare with an emphasis in Education at the University of California-Berkeley. I have been the Director of the Student Parent HELP Center for 13 years, beginning in the Student Parent Counselor position 20 years ago. Though I have loved all aspects of the career path I have chosen, I have never loved any job as much as I have loved my work with the SPHC. Assisting mothers and fathers who are working toward their educational dreams, watching their children grow and helping to build the SPHC community, is a daily inspiration. As I write this, the SPHC is currently in a period of expansion and growth, unlike anything we have seen in decades. We are also entering our 50th year as a program serving under-represented students as they seek to expand their own opportunities. I could not be happier to be a part of the SPHC and I look forward to welcoming each new cohort of students with children into our student parent community.
Na king Xiong, M.Ed
Undergraduate Student Parent Counselor
I attended the University of Minnesota Twin Cities as an undergraduate and graduate student where I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Family Social Science in spring of 2012 and my Master of Education degree in Family Education in spring of 2016. I have experience working with parents and children throughout my student teaching in the Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE) program in the Minneapolis Public School District. As a student teacher, I provided parenting services and resources available in the community as well as designed and taught lesson plans on various parenting topics parents were interested in. I also have experience working with a high risk youth/young adult population through my positon at MoveFwd as a case manager. At MoveFwd I helped identify barriers and/or resources/services to reduce those barriers so success is achieved. A lot of the youth/young adults that I worked with were homeless so I often helped with housing, education, employment, basic needs, locating a shelter and more. I also co-facilitated the monthly parenting group at MoveFwd where participants in the housing program were required to attend if they were pregnant or had more than one child.
I enjoy working with youth/young adults and children and am intrigued by family systems and parenting, therefore, I am excited about joining the Student Parent Help Center at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.
Stephanie Lee, MSW, LISW
Graduate Student Parent Counselor
I am a licensed social worker, and I have been working with youth and families since I was a youth myself. I received my Master of Social Work at the University of Washington in Seattle, and my Bachelor degrees in Social Work and Psychology at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I grew up in Ethiopia, where I got to work extensively at a youth center where I focused on programming for girls. I have experience in diverse social work settings, including mental health counseling for elementary and middle school children, refugee resettlement, and social programs for youth. Most recently, I worked with homeless mothers and their children in a transitional housing program in Minneapolis. Because of all these experiences, I love to meet new people, learn about their cultures, and hear what they find meaningful and important. I'm so grateful I get to support student parents here at the SPHC!
Camila Uruena Rojas
Undergraduate Student Employee
I am a Junior at the University of Minnesota double majoring in Sociology and Spanish & Portuguese. I am also a licensed insurance producer for an agency located in Saint Paul, MN. I have always loved working with people and sharing the resources our community has to offer. This past summer I had an internship at Wishes & More, a local non-profit organization that grants wishes for children battling a terminal or life-threatening conditions, where I worked with Spanish speaking families through the wish granting process. I am so excited to be part of the SPHC team and be able to work and provide support for the student parents at the Student Parent HELP Center.