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Parent & Family Programs


The mission of Cal Poly Parent & Family Programs is: 1) to facilitate communication between and among parents and the University; 2) to support students' ability to solve problems by increasing their parents' awareness of University resources; and, 3) to help parents develop strategies to meet the unique challenges of parenting students through the college years.

Parent & Family Programs Staff

Tessa Stevens

Tessa Stevens
Director of Parent & Family Programs and Commencement

(805) 756-7301

Anthonia Edgren
​Parent & Family Programs Coordinator

(805) 756-6700

Student Assistants

James Nicklas

Hometown: Santa Rosa, California

Major: Environmental Engineering

Campus Involvement: New Student & Transition Programs - Orientation Team, Cal Poly Open House Committee, Chi Epsilon - Civil and Environmental Engineering Honors Fraternity

Favorite Local Restaurant: Taqueria Santa Cruz Express

Best Thing About SLO: The location. From the beautiful hiking trails in the surrounding mountains, to the many beaches, to the amazing farmers market downtown, SLO has everything you could want in a college town. 

Working With Parents: I have experience working with parents during Soar, Cal Poly's summer orientation program, and throughout the past two Open House weekends at Cal Poly. My favorite thing about working with parents is that they are so excited about their student and Cal poly, and aren't afraid to show it. It is always so enjoyable working with parents because they are just in love with Cal Poly as much as I am. My tip for parents is to always encourage their students to explore what they are interest in. College is a time where students have the ability to try so many new things. Whether it be engineering, improve comedy, student government, you name it, encourage your student to do what they love. 

Lucas Salisbury

Hometown: Lodi, California

Major: Computer Science

Campus Involvement: New Student & Transitions Programs - Orientation Team, Whitehat Security Club, Beach Volleyball Club 

Favorite Local Restaurant: Petra Mediterranean Grill and Pizza

Best Thing About SLO: The weather! Compared to back home, San Luis Obispo is paradise, year round. 

Working With Parents: Over the summer I had the opportunity to lead parents during Soar, Cal Poly's summer orientation program. This really sparked my involvement with Parent and Family Programs. The best thing about working with parents is that you get to provide the with so much information about the Cal Poly experience. My number one tip for parents would be to embrace the transition your student is going through. Your student will grow so much in the next few years... let them. 


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