NCFR Welcomes Student Affiliate Councils at Fresno State and Mississippi State University
The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) is proud to welcome two new student affiliate councils to its growing list of local chapters at college campuses around the U.S. These councils are an engaging place for undergraduate and graduate students to exchange ideas and experiences with one another. Students, keep your eyes out for upcoming student affiliate council activities, and join in!
The Fresno State Council on Family Relations at California State University, Fresno, was founded under the leadership of President Lucero (Lucy) De La Torre, Vice-President Regina Perez-Carranza, and co-advisers Andrea Roach, Ph.D., CFLE, and Rhett Billen, Ph.D., CFLE. During their first full semester as a functioning club, FSCFR recruited new members, completed a fundraising activity, volunteered to pick up trash at a university event, and volunteered to help run a child and family science awards ceremony. Lucy graduated this semester but has plans to remain an active member in the coming year, while Regina has plans to run for president of the club in the fall.
The Student Council on Family Relations at Mississippi State University formed from an existing group (the HDFS Option Club) and the students are very service-project oriented. In the fall, students collected nearly 700 personal care items for first response centers, which were newly formed by the police department in a neighboring city. The centers stock personal care supplies (i.e. toothbrush, comb, soap, blankets, pillows) for individuals and families when a Child Protection Services officer meets with them. In addition to service projects like this one, students have also invited guest speakers working in the Family Science field to speak at meetings and have planned fun events. The students are very excited to be a student affiliate of NCFR and are actively working toward growing their numbers. Alisha Hardman, Ph.D., CFLE, and Brandan Wheeler, Ph.D., serve as co-advisers for the group.
If you would like more information on starting a student affiliate council at your university or college, please contact Bethany Cox, NCFR's member relations manager.