Consultation & Advocacy: Meet Our Staff

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.

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Susan Warfield, MSW, LICSW, Program Director

Susan Warfield

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

Na king Xiong, 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

Stephanie Lee

I am moving out of state this summer (2021), so I will be leaving my position at the Student Parent HELP Center. I have had a great time working with the SPHC student parents and the SPHC staff and I wish you all the best!

My last day for meetings and intakes will be July 30th, 2021. Rest assured that all the normal graduate/professional student services WILL continue, and the SPHC is currently in the hiring process for my position. The grants will still be offered and processed. Students will receive emails from either the new staff person or from one of the other SPHC staff members. 

After July 30th, graduate and professional student parents can contact the SPHC through the main email account ([email protected]) and main phone number (612-626-6015.) 

Camila Uruena Rojas, Undergraduate Student Employee

Camila, 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.