Colgate Family Talk Series

Campus subject experts and experienced parents provide insight on topics to help support their emerging adults as they enter and navigate college.

Preparing For More Independence

Featuring Melissa Sporn P’22, a clinical psychologist with a speciality in emerging adults, and Dawn LaFrance, assistant vice president of Counseling and Psychological Services.

Transitions at College

Featuring Sarah Jones, associate dean for administrative advising, and Kerra Hunter, associate dean and director of International Student Services.

Supporting Student Health

Featuring Dr. Ellen Larson ’94, director of Student Health Services.

Eating and Nutrition at College

Featuring Allison Bowers, Colgate’s registered dietitian

Supporting First-Generation Students

Featuring RaJhai Spencer and Tabisha Raymond, Director and Assistant Director of the First@Colgate program

Supporting Trans* Students

Featuring Lyosha Gorshkov, director of LGBTQ+ Initiatives at Colgate; Karen Fuller, family peer advocate Q Center at ACR Health in Syracuse, and Deborah Conrad, a college professor and parent of a trans individual. 

Full Playlist: Family & Parent Videos

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Special Events

A panel of experts share insight about the mental health challenges that college students may be facing, how families can support them, and how students can help each other. We recommend that students and their families watch it together and discuss what resonated with each of them.

Information Sessions

Learn about the programs, opportunities, and processes for planning an off-campus study experience. For first-year and sophomore families.