Parents Advisory Council

Welcome to the UMass Amherst Parents Advisory Council

The council is designed to give parents and families the opportunity to play a meaningful role in shaping and enriching the undergraduate experience of all UMass Amherst students and families. We also hope to increase family involvement on campus by expanding opportunities for volunteerism and advocacy.

Families are encouraged to apply for council membership by completing the advisory council application. Any parent or family member who has a student enrolled as an undergraduate can apply for council membership. We accept applications in fall and spring semesters. 

As a council member, you will be asked to attend two on-campus meetings per year: one in the fall (at Family Weekend, in September or October) and one in the spring (the last Sunday spring break in March); and participate in at least one of the council’s ongoing projects and volunteer activities. Council members are appointed for two years.

Thank you for your interest in serving UMass Amherst! 

How to Reach Us

Join the UMass Amherst Family to Family Facebook group for networking, discussions, and more.
NOTE: This is a closed group. You will be asked to confirm your status as a UMass Amherst family member and provide your student's name and class year. You will not have access to the group if you do not answer the questions.

Visit the UMass Amherst Family to Family blog.

Support Our Cause by Donating to the Foster Student Success Fund

The Advisory Council, in close collaboration with the Dean of Students Office, has spearheaded the creation of the Foster Student Success Fund. The Foster Success Student Fund is designed to support UMass Amherst students who are currently in foster care, have experienced foster care, or are aging out of the foster care system. The fund helps to ensure that students who have experienced foster care have access to resources that will help them transition to college and achieve academic and career success. Families can make a gift directly to the Foster Student Success Fund. We appreciate your generosity!

Council Bylaws

Last Updated Fall 2020

Committee Descriptions

Last Updated February 2019

Council Meetings/Minutes