CEW+ Lunch and Learn | A Roadmap to Virtual Home Learning Success: Tips for Student Parents

November 5, 2020 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The pandemic has brought many challenges for parents who have children in virtual school-at-home situations while the parents are also still working – either in the office, from home, and/or in school. Join us for a Lunch and Learn session where we will provide tips to keep your students, engaged and on track, along with strategies to combat Zoom fatigue.

This workshop will feature:

  • Home school design strategies (physical space, monitoring participation, supplies list);
  • Ways to create COVID-compliant community support groups;
  • Self-help tips to navigate important conversations with school representatives as you advocate for your student’s needs;
  • U-M Policies & Resources for managing discussions with your professor/supervisor regarding flex schedules and release time; and
  • Opportunities to network with other student parents and share successful best practices.


Dana M. Banks, MPH, Regulatory Analyst, IRBMED

With over 15 years of experience planning, creating, and implementing youth programming in an urban school district, Dana brings a wealth of knowledge in youth development best practices. In her various roles with Flint Community Schools, she was responsible for training staff to use evidence-based strategies to create high-quality out-of-school time programs. Dana is currently navigating the challenges of virtual school with three of her daughters who attend Ann Arbor Public Schools in the 6th, 11th, and 12th grades. She is a native of Flint, Michigan, and attended the University of Michigan for both her Bachelor of Arts (’95) and Master of Public Health (‘18) degrees. 

Dana currently works in the UM Medical School’s Office of Research Institutional Review Board as a Regulatory Analyst.  Attending the University of Michigan is a family tradition, as her husband is also a graduate of UM School of Social Work and her oldest daughter is a Junior at UM Ford School of Public Policy. Go Blue!

LaVashia Mundy, M.A., Student Program Coordinator

As the Student Program Coordinator in CEW+ LaVashia supports U-M students through the development and facilitation of programs, workshops, and other interventions as part of the Center’s overall mission to empower women and underserved individuals in the U-M and surrounding community. LaVashia is originally from Detroit, Michigan. She attended the University of Michigan and went on to earn a graduate degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Eastern Michigan University. The majority of her professional work has focused on student success by helping them meet their academic, personal, and social goals.