Welcome Parents & Families


Dear Carolina Families,

Welcome to Carolina! 
It won’t take you long to learn, if you haven’t already, that Chapel Hill is a very special place.  It is our hope that your student will enjoy a seamless transition to student life at UNC, but we want you to know that there is a community in place to support both students and their family members during their undergraduate years.

We are honored and privileged to serve this year as the National Chairs of the Carolina Parents Council.  The Council is the volunteer leadership arm of the Carolina parents Association.  As a parent or family member of an undergraduate student, you are automatically a member of the Carolina Parents Association.

The Office of New Student and Carolina Parent Programs works hand-in-hand with the Parents Council to provide parents with the opportunity to connect and engage with University administrators.  Council members provide campus leaders with a parent’s perspective about issues such as safety, wellness, academic advising, and student retention.

In addition, Parents Council members volunteer to host summer send-offs and parents club functions, while also leading the way on campus during Move-in Weekend, New Student Orientation, and Family Weekend.  We are especially proud of the Parents Council Grants Fund.  Using our annual dues, we award grants to student and staff-initiated programs.  We are very pleased that these grants helped start and continue to support such programs as Fall Fest, Safewalk, Tar Heel Bikes and many others, which help ensure that all students have the best possible undergraduate experience.  

We also believe parents and families have an important voice, not only on campus but in the public arena on behalf of our students and the University.  We invite you to become more involved, not only with your student’s experience but with the life of the University as a whole.  We have found our own involvement with the Parents Council to be an energizing and fulfilling experience.  Please feel free to contact us at haymanfamilyunc@gmail.com with your thoughts, or to learn how you can become more involved in the Carolina Parents Association.

Jennie & Wilson Hayman,  
Carolina Parents Council, National Chairs 2014-2015

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill