Parent Advisory Council

Parent and Family Association members seeking an active role in the association can apply to serve on the Parent Advisory Council. This council of approximately 30 members recommends programming activities for the Parent and Family Association, gives feedback about university programs, discusses issues of concern to family members, recommends content for publications, participates in campus outreach and events, and assists with the recruitment of prospective council members.


New member applications for the Parent Advisory Council have closed. Applications will be reviewed and new members will be notified before winter break. If you have any questions, please email


Who is eligible for the Parent Advisory Council?

The Parent Advisory Council consists of family members of full-time undergraduate students who are in good standing at UK. It is our intention to select family members who represent our diverse student population. In order to ensure continuity on the council, members are asked to make at least a two-year commitment. Members in good standing will have the option to renew their membership annually for as long as they have students enrolled at the University of Kentucky. Many of our members serve on the council for the majority of their UK student’s undergraduate career.


What is expected of Parent Advisory Council members?

  1. Parent Advisory Council members are expected to attend biannual meetings. Traditionally, one meeting is held in the late fall (usually late September or October) and one in the spring (usually in April). Meetings dates are announced well in advance and are typically held on campus on a Friday night or a Saturday morning for several hours. Council members have the opportunity to learn more about university departments and services as well as provide feedback on any topic of interest or concern to them as UK family members. Parent Advisory Council members may be removed from the council without notification after missing three consecutive meetings upon the recommendation of the UK Parent and Family Association staff.

  2. Parent Advisory Council members are asked to volunteer for at least one major Family Weekend event (i.e. check-in, tent party, breakfast, etc.) and will have opportunities to volunteer at other events throughout the year.

  3. Parent Advisory Council members are expected to provide feedback to the Parent and Family Association staff concerning the association’s programs, publications, services, and any other aspects of institutional activity.

  4. Parent Advisory Council members are expected to maintain regular communication with the Parent and Family Association staff.

  5. Parent Advisory Council members are expected to identify and approach prospective council members.


What are the benefits of Parent Advisory Council membership?

  1. Meetings are good excuses to visit your student each semester.

  2. Council members get to know top university administrators and learn more about UK programs and services. They also enjoy the opportunity to get to know other UK family members.

  3. Previous council members have expressed their satisfaction in knowing that they are supporting and assisting UK students and their families as well as staying involved in their student's education.

  4. While it is a volunteer position, there are small tokens of appreciation in the form of free meals, free t-shirts at some events, free admission to the Family Weekend Tent Party, and other Parent Advisory Council swag.


How can I apply to become a member of the Parent Advisory Council?

Parent Advisory Council applications will open in October and must be submitted by November 15. Applications will be reviewed by Parent and Family Association staff (and current Parent Advisory Council Executive Team members beginning December 2022); new members will be selected and notified in December. New council members will begin their term in January and will be expected to participate in virtual onboarding before the first Parent Advisory Council in-person meeting in April.

Spouses/partners are welcome to join council members for volunteer opportunities throughout the year. However, if spouses/partners would like to attend council meetings and take advantage of tokens of appreciation offered throughout the year, they will need to complete an individual application and be accepted to the Parent Advisory Council. New members will only be accepted in December and will not be accepted in the middle of a council term.


Frequently Asked Questions:

What do Parent Advisory Council members do during Family Weekend?

Parent Advisory Council members who volunteer during Family Weekend are responsible for a number of different tasks that include greeting and checking in families, distributing materials, giving directions, answering questions for new UK families, setting up and breaking down events, and more. Volunteers will need to arrive early and will be able to leave shortly after each event. More information will be communicated with Parent Advisory Council members before each event.

What does a typical Parent Advisory Council meeting look like?

Each Parent Advisory Council meeting is customized to highlight current programs, events, and initiatives on campus. A typical meeting might include getting to know other council members over coffee or a meal, hearing presentations from faculty, staff, or administrators, and opportunities for members to provide feedback about the university.

What should I wear to a Parent Advisory Council meeting or volunteer opportunity?

Most council members chose to wear business casual attire to meetings; they prefer comfortable UK gear at events. We provide t-shirts for council members to wear at some events; we will let them know ahead of time if specific attire is required.

How can I become more involved with the UK Parents Fund?

Do you have a gift and passion for fundraising? Would you like to be more involved in philanthropy at UK? Contact the Office of Philanthropy at