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Maryland Parent & Family Intercultural Advisory Council

The Office of Parent and Family Affairs is establishing a Maryland Parent & Family Intercultural Advisory Council (IAC) to inform and enrich the services and resources provided to Terp families in support of undergraduate student success, and to enhance engagement with the university community. Parent and Family Affairs is committed to advocating for and centering the experiences of First-Generation, BIPOC, and LGBTQ+ families, and to developing and promoting culturally conscious, respectful, inclusive, and transformational programs and services.

This Council is specifically for family members (and the family members of students) who identify as:

  • Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC)
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, or Queer (LGBTQ+);
  • First-Generation (which means your student is the first person in your family to attend a four-year college/university to attain a bachelor's degree).

The Council will meet at least three times per year, either in-person or virtually, to discuss and provide feedback on issues of particular interest or concern. Our goal is to advance, support, and advocate for the needs and interests of First-Gen, BIPOC, and LGBTQ+ students and families. Additionally, the Council will serve as a forum for communication and collaboration to encourage involvement and enhance engagement.

The Maryland Parent & Family Intercultural Advisory Council will include parents and family members of current undergraduate students representing a diverse spectrum of identities and experiences. We welcome applications from parents and family members of undergraduate students of any year (freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior). The Intercultural Advisory Council is appointed by the Director of Parent and Family Affairs, and members are asked to serve a two-year term when possible.

Join the Council!

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2021-2023 term (two-year commitment).

Click here to submit an application. The application deadline for the Maryland Parent & Family Intercultural Advisory Council is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 10, 2021 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 12, 2021.

When completing the application, be prepared to respond to the following long response prompts/questions:

  • Please tell us about yourself and why you would like to serve on the Maryland Parent & Family Intercultural Advisory Council.
  • Please describe any specific assets, background, past experiences, useful knowledge, etc. you have that may assist this committee.
  • If selected to serve as a Council member, what impact do you hope to make on the UMD community?

Questions?

Please contact Brian Watkins, Director of Parent and Family Affairs, at bwatkins@umd.edu