Parent University

Empowering parents of change.

We begin from the premise that parents are more than just caregivers. We know that empowering parents as adult learners, leaders and individuals also helps them become better advocates for their children’s education. We take a holistic approach to address parents’ personal development, relationship with their children and, finally, relationship with their children’s schools.

Together, we work to increase academic success and build a college-going culture among Latino families in DeKalb County.

Through regular meetings and workshops, Parent University creates a community of parents who support one another. Participants choose topics collaboratively based on their interests and needs.

Sessions have included:

  • Navigating the U.S. K-12 school system.
  • Financing a home.
  • Resume writing.
  • Awareness of community resources.
  • Computer literacy.
  • Immigration law updates.
  • College prep bootcamp.
  • How to apply for financial aid.

Parent University Fast Facts

  • Parent University was founded in 2016.
  • From 2016 to 2020, Parent University helped to support more than 95 families.
  • In 2020-21, Parent University had a total of 38 parents, with 22 returning parents and 16 new parents. Read the yearly report.
  • Free childcare with enrichment activities is provided during in-person meetings.

“My belief is that if we focus on developing the parents’ knowledge, on helping them see themselves as agents of change, then they can transfer those skills to serve as ‘parents of change.’ They feel validated as individuals, and they know they have something to contribute to their children’s education.” – Susana Das Neves, NIU Parent University Founder

Contact Us

Parent University
307 Lowden Hall
DeKalb, IL 60115



Parent University presented at the 2021 Illinois State Bilingual Parent Summit.

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