Parents Council

Parents Council

Parents Council gathers during Arts Weekend, Spring 2014

Purpose
The Parents Council is comprised of parents who demonstrate their commitment to Swarthmore through their philanthropic leadership and active engagement in the life of the College. All Council activities support the College’s mission to prepare students for full, balanced lives as individuals and as socially responsible citizens through rigorous intellectual study supplemented by athletics, co-curricular, and extracurricular activities.

In terms of their philanthropy, Parents Council members support The Swarthmore Fund with an annual gift. The Swarthmore Fund provides program-enhancing current support for the curriculum, community service initiatives, arts, athletics, the libraries, and other aspects of student life and study.  Members are also asked to support, when possible, the College’s key strategic funding initiatives, one of which is usually undertaken each year as a special priority of the Parents Council.

Parents Council members serve as a resource for all Swarthmore families to enhance the parent experience and promote meaningful connection with the College.  Members also provide the administration with timely and insightful feedback from the parent point of view. 

Structure
The President of the College extends an invitation to members of the parent community to serve on Parents Council. Council members are encouraged to serve during their child’s enrollment at Swarthmore.

The Council meets on campus twice during the academic year, once in the fall to coincide with Garnet Homecoming and Family Weekend, and again in the spring, usually in April.  Periodic email updates are sent to members throughout the year. The Council is led by a chair or co-chairs and supported by a member of the College staff. 

Member Responsibilities
Council members have three primary areas of responsibility:

  1. Demonstrate philanthropic leadership by supporting the Swarthmore Fund and the College’s fundraising initiatives with leadership level commitments. Members are asked to join The 1864 Society, Swarthmore’s leadership giving society by making an annual contribution at the Deborah Wharton Associates level or above. Learn more about The 1864 Society levels of giving.
  2. Welcome new families to the Swarthmore community through welcome phone calls and by hosting or attending regional Send-Off events for incoming students and parents.
  3. Attend at least one of the two Parents Council meetings held on campus each year.

Benefits
Members of Parents Council and The 1864 Society enjoy the following benefits as an expression of the College’s gratitude for their support and service:

  • Members are considered to be key insiders of the Swarthmore community and as such are invited to exclusive events with the President, Board of Managers, and other College leaders throughout the year.
  • Members enjoy direct access to the staff person responsible for administrative and programmatic support of Parents Council, who is available in an advisory role to offer assistance when needed.
  • Access and regular interaction with the President and senior administrative staff.
  • Members receive exclusive and regular communications from the College.

2014-15 Academic Year
Parents Council Co-Chairs are James Booth and Jane Easdown, parents of Maddy ’15. Ali Craig, associate director of Leadership Giving, provides administrative and programmatic support of Parents Council.

Please feel free to contact Ali with any questions about Parents Council via email, acraig1@swarthmore.edu, or phone, 610-957-6220.