Get Involved

Johnson & Wales University recognizes that you are a very important partner in your students' success. The office of Parent & Family Relations helps you stay connected to campus and serves as your ongoing resource throughout your students' college career.

Parent & Family Advisory Board

Wildcat parents and families get involved by serving on our JWU Parent & Family Advisory Board (PFAB). The PFAB consists of family members from each class year. They meet quarterly on campus and serve as ambassadors, hosts at our many events, and resources for our parent and family community.  The PFAB is made up of committees who work together via conference calls in between quarterly meetings on campus to accomplish their goals.  At each quarterly meeting, a member of the JWU community visits to address issues of importance to our parent and family community. Frequent presenters include the CEO and President, the Executive Director of Campus Safety & Security, the Director of Experiential Education & Career Services, and other administrators from key areas.

Parent & Family Advisory Board Brochure (PDF)


The Johnson & Wales University Parent & Family Advisory Board (PAB) serves the university and the parent and family community by:

  • Promoting the university to interested students and their families by sharing their own experiences
  • Welcoming new students and their families at university events
  • Sharing information about JWU resources, and what is expected of their student
  • Advocating for parents and families
  • Encouraging parents and families to get involved with the JWU community
  • Collaborating with the university to create the best living and learning environment for students

How do I get involved on the Parent & Family Advisory Board?

New parents and families who are interested in more information about the Parent & Family Advisory Board are encouraged to speak with a board member at any of the above campus events.  You can also contact the Office of Parent & Family Relations at 401-598-2895.

To apply for a seat on the board, please complete the application below

  • First-year family applications are due by September 16.
  • Periodically other seats become available so please submit your application.
  • Your application will be reviewed and a board member will contact you to discuss the process of selection.
  •  The application will be reviewed and a member of the board will be in contact within 2-4 weeks. 
  • This position is a non-paid, volunteer appointment. 
  • The motivation for volunteering time on the Board or in the Association is to collaborate with the university to create the best learning and living environments on campus for our students.
  • If you have any questions about your application, email