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Director of Parent & Family Engagement

Susan Buist
Parent & Family Program Coordinator

Helpful contacts

  • Campus Ministries: | (616) 526-8861
  • Center for Counseling & Wellness:| (616) 526-6123
  • Financial Aid (scholarships, grants): | (616) 526-6134
  • Financial Services (payments, billing): | 616-526-6127 (leave a voicemail to schedule a call)
  • Health Services: | (616) 526-6187
  • Residence Life (meal plans, housing, residence hall experience): | (616) 526-6120
  • Our vision for serving parents and families

    Parent and family engagement is a campus-wide endeavor that supports the mission of the university and enriches the Calvin experience for students and their families through communication, programs, events and volunteer opportunities. We do this by:

    1. Welcoming parents and families as full members of the Calvin community through events (such as Family Weekend and Orientation), publications and web-based communications (such as Calvin-parents email newsletter);
    2. Including Calvin parents and families in the life of the campus—academic, spiritual, athletics, etc.;
    3. Developing leadership opportunities for Calvin parents through formal structures such as Parent Council and informal avenues through volunteer projects;
    4. Increasing the financial support from Calvin parents to assist in meeting the university's development goals;
    5. Assisting Calvin academic departments and administrative offices as they relate to Calvin parents and families;
    6. Inspiring Calvin parents to be admissions ambassadors to their local schools, churches, and communities