The Barnard Parents Council is a group of involved parents devoted to forging relationships with fellow parents, promoting and encouraging involvement with the College, and helping solicit unrestricted gifts for Barnard. Parents and grandparents of current students and alumnae serve on the Council. Membership entails an annual gift to Barnard at the Scholar Level ($10,000 and above), Pacesetter Level ($5,000–$9,999), or Sustainer Level ($2,500–$4,999).
The Parents Council meets each year on the Friday morning preceding Family Weekend. The meeting provides an opportunity for parents to meet each other and to hear news about and gain insights into Barnard from senior administrators and faculty.
Council members are also invited to participate in an exclusive series of conference calls with senior Barnard administrators throughout the year, which provide an inside look at what's happening on campus and in the greater Barnard community.
In addition to providing financial support, members may support the Council’s mission by:
- Promoting giving to Barnard through parent-to-parent calling. Each parent’s conversation with another parent provides a vital connection to the Barnard community, as well as an understanding of how parents’ giving enhances education and student life at the College. Parents receive training for making such calls.
- Acting as a U.S. regional or international contact for other parents and families. Parents everywhere have hosted College gatherings in their homes or offices.
- Supporting the Office of Career Development by providing internships and assisting with career networking.
- Attending College-sponsored events of all types, on and off campus.
- Providing ideas and expertise in support of programs and new initiatives.