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 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 events like K Week and Family Weekend, and assists with the recruitment of prospective Parent Advisory Council members.
To apply to become a member of the council, complete this Parent Advisory Council application. Applications submitted before August 1 with be given priority consideration. All applications must be submitted by August 16. Couples must complete the application individually in order to both be considered for the council. New Parent Advisory Council members will be selected and notified via email before August 7. Current Parent Advisory Council members do not need to reapply each year.
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. However, many of our members serve on the Council for their UK student’s entire undergraduate career.
What is expected of Parent Advisory Council members?
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, the day before the Spring Family Reunion). 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.)
Parent Advisory Council members are expected to participate in K Week and Family Weekend. Families of incoming first-year students will not be asked to volunteer at K Week in order to attend activities with their students.
Parent Advisory Council members are expected to provide feedback to the Parent and Family Association staff concerning the association’s programs, publications and services and any other aspects of institutional activity.
Parent Advisory Council members are expected to maintain regular communication with the Parent and Family Association staff.
Parent Advisory Council members are expected to identify and approach prospective council members.
What are the benefits of Parent Advisory Council membership?
Meetings are good excuses to visit your student each semester.
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.
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 sons and daughters’ educations.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What do Parent Advisory Council members do during K Week and Family Weekend?
Parent Advisory Council members who volunteer during K Week and Family Weekend are responsible for a number of different tasks that include greeting and checking in families, distributing materials, giving directions, answering questions from new UK families, setting up and breaking down events, and more. Volunteers will need to arrive early and will be able 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.