Parent Engagement at Morehouse College

Morehouse Appoints New Parent Engagement Liaison

Parents CouncilArdis Blanchard brings more than 25 years of development, communications, public relations and engagement experience to her position as the newly appointed Director of Parent Engagement, Partnerships and Event Sponsorships.  Under the umbrella of the Office of External Relations and Alumni Engagement, she is responsible for managing and growing Morehouse’s comprehensive Parent Engagement program, forging mutually beneficial community partnerships and securing event sponsorships that align with audience interests and serve as major revenue sources for the College.

The proud parent of a Morehouse and Spelman student and an HBCU graduate, Ms. Blanchard studied pre-law and communications at Jackson State University before earning her master’s in print journalism from the University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana.)  Her diverse Higher Ed, corporate and non-profit experience also includes serving as Director of Stewardship and Donor Relations at Morehouse, Director of Publications and Public Relations at Atlanta Metropolitan College, Manager of Publications for Junior Achievement Inc. and Assistant and Contributing Editor for JET and EBONY Magazines, to name a few.  

“Ms. Blanchard’s allegiance to Morehouse students and other key stakeholders for over 15 years, coupled with her creativity, leadership and commitment to customer service, make her the ideal choice for this important role,” expressed Henry Goodgame, Vice President of External Relations and Alumni Engagement. “We look forward to supporting her work as our parent liaison, as well as the continued growth of the Parent Engagement program at Morehouse under her guidance.”

Parent Engagement

Morehouse’s Parent Engagement program, in collaboration with offices across the College campus, serves as a primary liaison and resource to parents and guardians of current Morehouse students. It exists to provide an ongoing means of communication between the College and its parent constituency, as well as to support the services, programming, events and opportunities that further a student's academic success. As a result of this engagement, Morehouse strives to make parents an active and integral part of our campus community.

Your support and participation in your son’s, grandson’s, brother’s or nephew’s education plays a vital role in the strength of our institution and assists in ensuring that our young men continue to benefit from an extraordinary academic and co-curricular experience.

If you have questions regarding the Parent Engagement program at Morehouse or to reach the director, please email ardis.blanchard@morehouse.edu  or call 470-639-0644.

Parent Engagement at Morehouse consists of three major components:

  1. Communication- In an effort to keep parents connected, Morehouse’s Parent Engagement program has launched a new online platform allowing the office to send Parent Updates that not only provide pertinent information, but also maintain and cultivate goodwill. We will also continue to utilize our dedicated parent page on the Morehouse.edu website, as well as MCPC E-blasts, social media, general correspondence and Morehouse TV to keep parents in the loop regarding important save the dates, deadlines and other pertinent announcements.  (PLEASE NOTE: These updates are not intended to take the place of campus-wide announcements, deadlines or alerts generating from the offices of Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, Enrollment Management, Campus Safety or any departments impacting your student.)  For the most accurate and up-to-date information generating from these offices, we recommend that you and your son contact each department directly.

  2. Events and Programming- Staple events executed by the Parent Engagement Program include Parents Weekend, Father & Son Recruitment Day and the Sons of Morehouse Legacy Reception. Other signature events the College will invite parents to participate in include Opening Convocation, Homecoming, the annual Glee Club Christmas Carol Concert, Founder’s Week and Commencement, as well as Town Hall meetings and relevant civic and community engagement programs and events that occur throughout the year. We invite our parents to visit morehouse.edu  regularly to stay abreast of additional activities and news that may impact your student or appeal to your interests. We welcome your input and involvement.

  3. Services- The Parent Engagement Program endeavors to connect current students with resources that will help them thrive during their years at Morehouse College and beyond. We do this by introducing students to alumni with similar backgrounds and interests whenever possible, making them aware of mentoring, intern and career options we learn about through alumni and our Career Services offices for Business and Non-Business Majors on campus.  We also serve as a vessel for volunteerism for parents who wish to donate their time and talent to Morehouse.  And finally, we take pride in being a platform for parents to share ideas, voice their opinions and draw from their personal and professional resources in ways that help to propel Morehouse forward.  

Understanding FERPA

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.  FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children's education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are "eligible students."  Therefore, the College is unable to provide parents with information on student grades, health and finances – which may seem odd or unacceptable to parents. But by law, our direct contact must always be with students, so we encourage parents to maintain open communication with their sons.