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Terp Family Council


The University of Maryland Terp Family Council strives to foster student success and enhance the campus community by actively engaging the parents and families of undergraduate students in support of the university through events, programs, and fundraising.

The purpose of the Terp Family Council is to:

  • Serve as ambassadors for the University of Maryland among the parents and family members of undergraduate students;
  • Represent the families of undergraduate students to the Office of Parent and Family Affairs, Division of Student Affairs, and the larger University of Maryland community;
  • Serve as an ongoing forum for building and maintaining a strong bond with the University;
  • Energize parent and family resources on the University’s behalf by making leadership gifts and encouraging other families to make gifts in support of the University.

About the Council

The Terp Family Council is a group of dedicated family volunteers who serve as ambassadors for the University of Maryland among the parents and family members of undergraduate students and provide feedback to the Office of Parent and Family Affairs on issues of particular interest to undergraduate families. The Terp Family Council meets two times each year to discuss issues; learn more about University developments affecting students; facilitate programs and events to involve parents and families in the life of the University; and participate in broadening and deepening relationships in support of the University.

The Terp Family Council is made up of parents and family members of current undergraduate students. The Council consists of approximately 45 people representing a diverse spectrum of students’ degree programs and academic/class standing. The Council is appointed by the Director of Parent and Family Affairs, and all members serve a two-year term. The two-year terms are renewable at the invitation of the Office of Parent and Family Affairs and volunteers may serve until their student’s graduation from UMD.

As part of their commitment to the Terp Family Council and the University, members support programs in the Division of Student Affairs with annual gifts throughout their appointed term. The Council also encourages other families to make gifts in support of the University.


  • Attend 2 annual meetings on campus to learn ways to support students, discuss issues concerning families, interact with university administrators, and provide a collective voice on topics relevant to students and families.
  • Participate as a reviewer for the Terp Family Student Scholarship Awards.
  • Engage with incoming families by hosting or attending a Summer Send-Off.
  • Assist with the Terp Family Fundamentals webinar series as needed.
  • Serve as ambassadors by sharing your affinity with UMD in your community and working to engage other parents and families in supporting university efforts.
  • Be knowledgeable about campus resources and share information with other Terp families.
  • Work together to increase philanthropic support for all Terps, including assisting with Giving Day and making an annual financial contribution to the Division of Student Affairs in accordance with your ability and preferably at a leadership level ($1,000+) by December of each year.

Interested in joining the Council?

We are currently seeking 8 families to represent the Class of 2026 (first-year students) for the 2022-2024 term (two-year commitment). 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 here. Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, December 9, 2022.
When completing the application, be prepared to respond to the following long response questions:

  • Why do you want to serve on the Terp Family Council?
  • Terp Family Council members are seen as the primary parent/family ambassadors and volunteers at UMD. As a potential Council member, what impact do you hope to make on the UMD community?
  • Please describe any specific skills, talents and/or professional experiences you possess that will be beneficial to the Council (i.e., fundraising/development, event planning, writing, interpersonal communication, etc.).


Please contact Danielle Walker, Assistant Director of Family Engagement, at dwalk18@umd.edu.