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Terp Family Intercultural Collaborative

The Terp Family Intercultural Collaborative (TFIC) was established 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. The Office of Family Engagement 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 Terp Family Intercultural Collaborative includes 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 Collaborative is appointed by the Director of Parent and Family Affairs, and members are asked to serve a two-year term when possible.

Join the Collaborative!

The application process for the Intercultural Collaborative is currently open. You can access the application here. Note: you must login to the Terp Family eConnection portal. If you are not yet signed up, you may do so hereApplications must be submitted by Friday, December 9, 2022.


Please contact Brian Watkins, Director of Parent and Family Affairs, at

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