MPP Resources

Helping Students with Children Graduate: Taking Your College Services to the Next Level  -- NEW !!

Did you know that 26% of all college students nationwide are raising children?  The University of Michigan's own survey data found a comparable percentage of student parents, mostly among our graduate and professional student populations.

Under the Michigan Partners Project grant, CEW created this guide to help Michigan colleges build and improve their support programs for student parents. The report outlines unique challenges faced by these students and links readers to model programs in the areas of academic & social support, child care, financial support, housing and health care. It also identifies and links to sources of state, federal and non-profit assistance.  Powerpoint Slide Presentation on Helping Students with Children Graduate 

This is the template used by MPP Spokeswomen. This PowerPoint can be personalized to substitute the story of whoever gives the presentation in place of the personal stories of MPP Spokeswomen.  Material in the presentation closely mirrors information in "Helping Students with Children Graduate" guide book. 

Increasing Access to Paid Sick Days     

This policy brief
explains why increased access to paid sick days is a key element to improving the economic security of low-income women in Michigan.  It describes efforts by states and cities across America to ensure workers can earn paid days off to care for themselves or a family member.

Powerpoint Slide Presentation on Paid Sick Days 

This is the template used by MPP Spokeswomen. This PowerPoint can be personalized to substitute the story of whoever gives the presentation in place of the personal story of the MPP Spokeswoman. Use slides 1-13 for a shorter presentation, or use this guide to know which additional slides to present for more detail on certain issues. Speaker notes are included in the "Notes" view of the PowerPoint presentation. 

Our Moment:  An Economic Agenda for Women and Families

A policy report by CEW's 2014-15 Visiting Social Activist Nancy Duff Campbell,
President of the National Women's Law Center. There are many measures that could and should be part of a comprehensive economic agenda for women and families. This report highlights some key components of such an agenda at the federal level that were under consideration in 2015 and seen as potentially achievable at that time.  

A related NWLC report, Moving Women & Families Forward: A State Roadmap to Economic Justice, provides a vision of an integrated state legislative women’s economic agenda. It builds on work already being done at the state level – where advocates and legislators have stepped forward to advance broad agendas that promote women’s health, equality, and economic opportunity.

Webinar:  Does Michigan Policy Support Women's Economic Security?

Crafting Your Message Into a "Heroes' Narrative"

Marissa Luna, of Engage Michigan, provided advocacy messaging training to women's economic security advocates at this year's Equal Pay Day events in Lansing.  
  • Her Powerpoint presentation explains how story narratives expressing values can motivate people to support policy change.

  • Download the Heroes' Narrative Handbook for help framing your policy proposals in a story format people will easily understand and support.
  • Use the Finding Your Hero card to identify local people with stories who exemplify the change you seek to make.