Parents & Families

Duke Parents Advisory Council (DPAC)

DPAC's Role

The DPAC plays an instrumental role within the University by providing feedback, support, and counsel throughout the academic year.

➤  Assist the division in strategic planning for new and existing initiatives.
➤  Represent the larger community of Duke parents regarding policy and program implementation.
➤  Provide an outlet for parents of students who want to be involved in the undergraduate Duke experience.


How to Join

Membership appointments to the DPAC are for one year. Members have the possibility of extended service when space and interest permit. The council meets on campus twice annually, once during Family Weekend and once during the spring semester. The Division of Student Affairs expects DPAC members to participate in meetings and to engage in regular electronic communication between campus meetings.

Thank you for your interest in joining DPAC. Our recruitment for Class of 2023 Parent representatives will open later this summer. Information about the application will be shared via the first-year family newsletter, which we send monthly throughout the summer.

Current DPAC Roster

We want to thank all of the current and returning members of the DPAC! We achieved so much this past year and look forward to a historic year of progress in 2018-2019.

Current Members are as follows:

Emeritus Members

  • Penny and Jim Fleming  
  • Dana Dudley 
  • Beth Gabay

Class of 2020 Representatives

  • Brad Davis
  • Wendy Handler 
  • Elaine Keim
  • Carolyn Koning 
  • Miriam Sapiro
  • Nada Shraibati Kirkpatrick

Class of 2021 Representatives

  • Troy Anderson
  • Andrea Epstein 
  • Amy Genender
  • Sameera Gupta  
  • Jane Jackson 
  • Steven Kaplan
  • Michael O'Leary
  • Karen and Tim Shapiro
  • Cyndi Yag-Howard 

Class of 2022 Representatives

  • Christine Hayward 
  • Kara and David Landers 
  • Sean McManus 
  • Jan Murphy   
  • Bernaldo Rabe 
  • Arthur Ringness