MSU Family Advocate 

Information and Resources 

MSU's Family Advocate position was established in 2009 with support from the President's Office, the Provost's Office, and the Women's Faculty Caucus. First titled "Parent Advocate", the name changed in 2011 to better reflect the diversity of family issues experienced by faculty, students and staff across the lifespan. 


The role of the Family Advocate is to: 

  1. Help parents and other family members navigate the University System and learn about MSU's policies and programs available to meet their individual and family needs. 
  2.  Serve as a "first stop" for faculty, students, and staff to receive information regarding who to contact with questions about current programs such as:
    1. Family and medical leave across the lifespan Mother and her children after a 5K run
    2. Child-birth and adoption  
    3. Breastfeeding
    4. The Family Care Room 
    5. Child Care on Campus


 The Family Care Room is HERE! 

The Family Care Room in Hamilton Hall is a dedicated space for breastfeeding women on campus and includes a comfy chair, sink, changing table, microwave, resource information and growing library on parenting topics. The room is available for use by faculty, staff, and students. There is a sign up sheet in the room. A reserved parking space is also available for room users. 

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 The Family Advocate Program Facilitator Guide

Download a copy of our first edition here

Don't forget to check out the Work-Life Resource Guide


Contact the Family Advocate for Details:Family Advocate Brochure

Family Advocate: Sara Rushing
Assistant Professor of Political Science
2-140 Wilson Hall 

Check out the entire Family Advocate Brochure