Expectations of Council Member

Time commitment

  • Members are required to attend monthly meetings the first Tuesday of every month from 6 to 8 p.m. Meeting locations alternate between the Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses.
  • Members are expected to participate on committees outside of the council; days and times vary.
  • Members are expected to read documents in preparation for each meeting and respond to e-mail and voice mail.
  • Each term lasts three years, with an opportunity to apply for a new three-year term at the conclusion of each term.
  • Additional time commitments will be required if members accept the Chair nomination to lead the council. Every member is eligible to be nominated for Chair.


Participation

  • The council expects members to positively express their opinions and suggestions and know that other members may not share the same point of view.
  • The council expects members to positively work in partnership with people of different backgrounds.
  • The goal is to have a council that represents all families who use Children's. The council seeks representation from various campuses, programs and services, and culturally divers backgrounds.
  • Members are encouraged to participate on committees outside of the council; days and times vary.
  • Members are expected to read documents in preparation for each meeting and respond to e-mail and voice mail.
  • Most terms will be held for three years.


Training

  • All new members are invited and required to participate in an orientation meeting prior to attending their first council meeting.
  • Orientation is led by members of the Family Advisory Council and is designed to help new members understand their role to work in partnership with Children's staff, learn how to use Children's facilities on behalf of the council, and to become acclimated in their new role as council member.
  • Additional support material, such as the "Preparing for Successful Participation in Family Involvement Projects" can also help new and experienced council members be successful in their roles.