Parent and Family Council

The Division of Student Life Parent and Family Council at the University of Iowa provides families a formal means of creating a connection to be better informed, share concerns, and strengthen the work of the Division of Student Life.

Key Roles

Council members will be asked to do the following as an active member of the Parent and Family Council:

  • Provide perspective and insight to the Vice President for Student Life and Division of Student Life staff. This can include reviewing strategic plans, providing feedback on programming, and suggesting ideas to strengthen the work of the Division.
  • Visit campus twice a year for annual council meetings.
  • Volunteer time and to share knowledge and expertise across a range of initiatives that support the mission and goals of the Division of Student Life.
  • Help build relationships between UI parents, families, and the Division.
  • Receive insight from university administrators, faculty, and staff on how to support their own student, and other students and families who are part of UI.
  • Attend campus events/host family events as appropriate.
  • Work with the Center for Advancement to help identify possible prospects and corporations with an ability to give to the Division of Student Life.

Time Commitment

  • Student Life Parents and Families Council members will serve a term that is equivalent to their students remaining time at Iowa. Ideally, parents would be asked to serve during the student’s first year and would begin their term in the fall of the student’s second year.
  • One and a half day meetings (spring and fall)
    • Report from the Vice President for Student Life
    • Meet with key Division of Student Life staff to learn about the various offices and needs within the division
    • Visit with key university administrators, and have an opportunity for
    • Q&A with university administrators and Vice President for Student Life
  • Provide support their own student, and other students and families who are part of UI.
  • Volunteer time and to share knowledge and expertise across a range of initiatives in support of the mission and goals of the Division of Student Life.
  • Attend campus events/host family events as appropriate. 

For more information regarding the council, please contact Bret Gothe, bret-gothe@uiowa.edu