The Parents Council, a group of Swarthmore parents and guardians appointed by the College, is a resource for both the College and for Swarthmore families. Council members have three areas of responsibility:
- Discuss parent viewpoints and ideas. The Council meets with representatives of the College administration at Parents Council meetings to share ideas and feedback, and discuss issues of importance to parents and the administration. Members also help design programs and activities of interest to parents. The Council meets on campus twice each year, once in the fall and again in the spring, and also by telephone as needed.
- Demonstrate philanthropic leadership by supporting the Parents Fund and the College's fundraising initiatives. Council members lead by example, making an annual gift to the Parents Fund that places them in The 1864 Society of leadership level donors. During the academic year they encourage other parents to contribute to the Parents Fund and also thank families who have made a gift to the College.
- Serve as a resource and help build the Parents Community. Early in the academic year, Council members contact the families of newly enrolled students via welcoming phone calls. They may also host social gatherings with Swarthmore deans, faculty or alumni in various regions.
Vernon Drew and Leslie Aucoin P'13 are co-chairs of Parents Council for the 2012-2013 academic year. A list of current Parents Council members is available from the Office of Annual and Parent Giving, and you are encouraged to contact any Council representative to ask questions you may have as a Swarthmore parent.
For more information about the Parents Council, please contact Danielle Shepherd, director, annual and parent giving, at email@example.com or (610) 328-8009.