Parent & Family Programs

Parent and Family Council

Our students thrive when we, their parents and family members, are informed and engaged. Join me and become a Hofstra parent leader. 

On November 17, 2015, the Parent and Family Council voted to accept the following values, mission, and vision:

Parents Council


The Hofstra University Parent and Family Council values:

  • Respect
  • Transparency
  • Honesty
  • Trust
  • Well-being of the whole student, academic and personal
  • Collaboration
  • Nurturing
  • Hofstra Pride


The mission of Hofstra University Parent and Family Council is to improve communication among the University and all family members of Hofstra students. We facilitate a nurturing environment where family members network, learn about Hofstra, and contribute to the academic and personal well-being of all students. We promote the University by being active ambassadors of the Hofstra Pride.

This mission is fulfilled by:

  • Providing a forum for new ideas and suggestions to improve student programs and services, like writing for the family blog, participating in online chats and e-newsletters of the Parent and Family Programs, and communicating with all Hofstra families;
  • Serving as a resource for all Hofstra families;
  • Supporting student and family programs by fundraising and volunteering efforts;
  • Serving on parent panels for admission and alumni events;
  • Hosting regional Hofstra receptions;
  • Recruiting parent volunteers;
  • Hosting regular meetings for University administrators to share ideas with Parent Council members.


The Hofstra Parent and Family Council aspires to become the primary voice of all family members of Hofstra students -- of Hofstra’s “family body.” The Council will actively solicit input from family members of all class years and aim to fully reflect the diversity of the Hofstra Pride in its membership. We wish to collaborate and engage with Hofstra administrators to fulfill the missions of the Division of Student Affairs and the University in providing “a quality education to its students in an environment that encourages, nurtures, and supports learning through the free and open exchange of ideas, for the betterment of humankind.”

First, I encourage you to get engaged and volunteer: please complete the My Information form in the Family eSpace and indicate how you want to be involved. Please support our current project, the creation of Hofstra Family Garden. If you want to become a parent leader and join Parent and Family Council, please email; I would be happy to talk to you and explain the time commitment. Help us support our children’s school and further its reputation. If you have any questions for me or other Parent and Family Council members, please call Parent and Family Programs at 516-463-4698 and their staff will get in touch with me.

Jennifer-Michelle Giaccone, P’22
President, Parent and Family Council

Cooking with Hofstra Pride

Parent & Family Cookbook

Parent and Family Council warmly invites you to purchase their latest Cooking with Hofstra Pride Cookbook. This cookbook was a labor of love from our entire Hofstra community! Thank you to all of you who contributed your favorite recipes. Parent and Family Council members worked tirelessly to collect 100 recipes.

Cookbooks are available for $25 each. If you order 2 or more cookbooks, you will receive a discount. Money raised will be used for the Hofstra Student Emergency Assistance Fund and other Hofstra student and family programs. Please place your orders here. What a great gift for your Hofstra family members!

Once you place your order, please note that you or your student may pick up your cookbook(s) in Student Affairs, 200 Phillips Hall, South Campus. PLEASE NOTE THAT WE DO NOT SHIP THE COOKBOOKS TO YOUR HOME. Email us prior to coming at

With Pride,
Jennifer-Michelle Giaccone, P’22
President, Parent and Family Council