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Duke Parents Advisory Council (DPAC)

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The Duke Parents Advisory Council 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

Applications for the Class of 2027 and At-Large Representative positions are now closed. Applicants will be notified of a decision in the last week in September. If you have any questions about the process, please contact
Membership appointments to the DPAC are for one year. Members have the possibility of extended service when space and interest permit. The DPAC meets once a year in person during Family Weekend. Subsequent meetings throughout the academic year will be held on Zoom and may occur up to once a month. Occasionally, one spring meeting may be in person in Durham. The Division of Student Affairs expects DPAC members to participate in meetings and to engage in regular electronic communication between meetings. 

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 2023-2024.

Emeritus Members

  • Penny and Jim Fleming  
  • Dana Dudley 
  • Beth Gabay

Class of 2024 Representatives

  • Clarissa Canady 
  • Cathy Friedman and Jon Duane 
  • Michael and Lauren Gaviser
  • Michelle and Delmir Grewal 
  • Eduardo Hauser 
  • Stephanie Heller Norman 
  • Christy Piland 

Class of 2025 Representatives

  • Chinyere (Hope) Buchi-Ahiabuike
  • Hollis and Virginia Chen
  • Anne Dowling P'23
  • Carolyn and Douglas Everson
  • Christine Hayward P'22
  • Andrea Kirshenbaum and Josh Goldberg
  • Kate and Allan Latts
  • Catherine Roman

Class of 2026 Representatives

  • Alexandra Chamorro Rhiannon Chavis-Wanson  
  • Rachel Ekery and Douglas Kley 
  • Bruce KahneMary & Michael Harman  
  • Kate & Arthur (Art) Ringness P'22
  • Tanya Smith