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Join the Parent Leadership Council

The Parent Leadership Council connects passionate parents and guardians and offers opportunities to drive change on AU’s campus and beyond. Together, members strengthen the AU community as partners through time, expertise, and philanthropy.

Through Change Can’t Wait: The Campaign for American University, the council helps elevate the student experience, inspire research, and lead community-driven initiatives that help AU prepare the next generation of leaders.

As AU parents, council members are the university’s greatest advocates. They serve as regional ambassadors and student mentors, leverage professional relationships to facilitate internships and employment, and formally come together twice annually in support of enhancing the AU experience. This philanthropic group is acknowledged as part of the President’s Circle, AU’s recognition society for its most generous donors.

By joining this growing community of parent leaders, you demonstrate a commitment to your student’s success, a desire to advocate for and effect change, and exhibit confidence in AU to prepare your student—and their peers—to impact the world as changemaking alumni.

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Get Involved

To learn more about the Parent Leadership Council and ways to become involved as an AU parent, contact Molly Benedict, Associate Director of Development for Parent and Family Philanthropy, at benedict@american.edu or 202-885-5982.

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Volunteer

Parent and family volunteers help with admissions, mentor students, leverage connections to internships and employment, and serve as regional ambassadors, advocating and partnering with AU through the Parent Leadership Council. We invite you to learn more and get involved as a volunteer.

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Give

Please consider a gift of any size to the Parent Fund, which provides the greatest flexibility for AU to respond to the changing needs of our students, faculty, and staff.

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