Get Involved

Be an active member of the Vanderbilt Community

students and parents

As parents, family, and supporters of a Vanderbilt student, we encourage you to find fun, productive ways to support your student during their time at VU. As a parent, you too can be a part of their college experience by building and maintaining meaningful engagement with the University. Here are just a few ways to stay connected and help make Vanderbilt University the best it can be for your student.

Parents and Family Socials

Want to meet other Vanderbilt families in your area? Parent Socials are a wonderful opportunity for VU families to engage with one another on a regional level and foster deeper connections in a small casual setting.


Learn more about hosting a Parents Social

Ways to Engage with Vanderbilt

  • Parents and Family Association

    As a parent or family member of a Vanderbilt student, you are automatically considered a member of the Parents and Family Association! It enables parents both to actively participate in the life of their Vanderbilt student and to interact with and lend support to other parents.

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  • Vanderbilt Chapters

    Vanderbilt Chapters are part of a vibrant Vanderbilt experience. They provide a great way to connect alumni, parents, students, and friends worldwide. Each chapter's volunteer leadership, with assistance from the Alumni Association, plan and implement a full calendar of events.

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  • Vanderbilt Parent Ambassadors

    By being a Vanderbilt Parent Ambassador, parents can be involved where and when they want. We have opportunities in your local area, virtually, and on campus. We hope you will join our team!

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  • Parents and Family Association Board

    Parents and Family Association Board are invited ambassadors of the parent community representing the four undergraduate schools, class years, and regions. Board members are top parent leaders waving the black and gold flag in their local communities and at Vanderbilt events. Working with the University to support Vanderbilt's commitment to the interdisciplinary research enterprise and inclusive excellence.

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  • Parent Leadership Committee

    Parents Leadership Committee (PLC) members are committed to investing in Vanderbilt and its future. The group is composed of parent donors who make an annual gift of $10,000 or more to any university program that is meaningful to their student and family.

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  • Give to Vanderbilt

    As parents of current students, you can see first-hand the extraordinary opportunities that Vanderbilt provides to your student's academic and broader student life. With your partnership, Vanderbilt continues to build and grow these successes. Parent participation is a key element in this momentum. Every gift-no matter the size-helps support the dynamic Vanderbilt community to which we all belong. You can give to your child's school or to a specific university area that is meaningful to you and your family.

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