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The Office of Parent and Family Engagement has recently launched the new Cat Chat Family Community, a one-stop shop for family communications and Family Weekend registration. If your Wildcat provided your email address on their admissions application, you will automatically be added to the Cat Chat Family Community in June. If the university does not already have your email address, you may sign yourself up here. We define family very broadly and welcome all supportive adults in our students’ lives to be part of the Wildcat family! 

If you have any questions, please contact Nicki or Nancy, the Parent and Family Association team, at  

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Join the UK Parent Advisory Council

Parents and family members of current University of Kentucky undergraduate students who are seeking to share feedback about the student and family experience at UK and get more involved in the Wildcat community can apply to serve on the Parent Advisory Council. This council of approximately 30 members recommends programming activities for the Office of Parent and Family Engagement, gives feedback about university programs, discusses issues of concern to family members, participates in campus outreach and events, and assists with the recruitment of prospective council members. 

Volunteer for Big Blue Move-in

Parent and family volunteers are needed to give students and families a warm welcome and direct them through the move-in experience. Contact UK Housing for more information. 

Volunteer for Family Weekend

If you are looking for a fun way to get more involved, meet students and their families, and help make Family Weekend special for all Wildcats, consider serving as a Family Weekend volunteer! Volunteers help with check-in, set up for events, greet guests, hand out t-shirts and giveaways, and much more! Complete our volunteer interest form and we will reach out to you this fall with more volunteer information.

Give Us Your Feedback

Throughout the year, the Office of Parent and Family Engagement will ask members to complete feedback surveys and polls to help us know how to better serve your needs. Surveys and polls will be available through Cat Chat emails and the University of Kentucky UK Parents Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.

Here are a few quotes from parents and family members taken from the anonymous survey:

"I love the communication from UK Parents and Family Engagement and the University of Kentucky President."

"I appreciate all that you do. Your organization is especially helpful for those who are living out-of-state."

"The newsletters are very informative and I have forwarded information to my daughter from them many times."