Parent Engagement is key to building community and being involved in your student’s education while creating relationships with other Notre Dame families. There are a multitude of  social, volunteer, educational and networking opportunities for families to engage at Notre Dame. Every parent is a member of the Notre Dame Parent Association by virtue of your student’s enrollment and all parents are invited and encouraged to join at least one parent resource group to form a community with others who have similar interests.

Below are descriptions of some of the parent resource groups.  

Notre Dame Parent Association (NDPA)

This group serves as the umbrella under which parents can connect around common interests, including spirituality, academics, culture, co-curricular activities and more.  

Any parent can form an interest group (virtual or otherwise) with other parents who share a common interest.  All resource groups are invited to have a representative at the NDPA meetings to share about your activities, network with representatives from other groups, and learn how you can support one another. 

Meetings:  September 22, November 18, January 19, March 16, May 18

The meeting on 11/18 will be held via Zoom. 

To RSVP, click here

Cindy Hendrickson, Past Chair, Advisor (Julie Ann ’19, Sarah ’20 and Emma ’22)

Cynthia Olavarria, Chair (Gabriella ’21 and Ayiana ‘23)

Lila Lam ‘92 , Chair Elect (Amelia ‘22, Therese ‘24)

Parent Resource Groups

Parent resource groups are parent led interest groups and provide resources to support co-curricular programs, school events, mission and ministry, and more. These groups bring parents together to support one another and/or offer volunteer and other guidance or needs to a school program or activity.  Parents can join any resource group whether or not your student is involved in that particular activity.  A representative from each resource group serves as an ambassador to the NDPA and helps to keep other parents in the groups up-to-date on all school activities, social opportunities and student programs. 

Examples include:

Co-Curricular Programs:

  • Robotics
  • VAPA
  • Athletics
  • Speech and Debate
  • Student Activities


  • Women of Impact
  • ND Reads
  • Crab Fest
  • Admissions-Parent Mentors/Ambassadors


  • Solidarity Dinner
  • Liturgies/Events
  • Prayer/Spirituality

Parent Resource Groups:

ND Compadres: 

ND Compadres is an inclusive group of Notre Dame parents/families whose intent is to strengthen the Latino community at Notre Dame San Jose and support the students on their educational journey. The group serves as a resource to the Notre Dame community and the Notre Dame Parent Association (NDPA), engaging parents socially, creating a space supporting leadership, and helping strengthen the fabric of the community for ND and its students. The goal is to develop partnerships in the community that can collaborate with ND for opportunities, bridge the gap for families, and provide an inclusive and open space for families. To join, sign up here.
Meetings:  Sept. 29 at 6:30 pm, Nov. 3 at 6:30 pm, Jan. 12 at 6:30 pm, March 9 at 6:30 pm, May 11 at 6:30 pm - all via Zoom for now.


African Ancestry Parent Group (AAPG)

The Notre Dame AAPG is for ND parents of students who identify as being of African descent. (African descent is intended to represent people of the African diaspora). We work in support of our students of African descent in their educational and personal journeys, as well as help the Notre Dame faculty and staff as they address challenges unique to our community. Our parent engagement is rooted in our shared experiences and spans all things related to our students -- from freshman recruiting to senior send-offs and all the social, cultural and societal happenings in between. As an established community within the broader ND community, we specifically partner with Notre Dame on the following:


Diversity recruiting efforts and onboarding. 


Collaborate with BSU Moderators and ND administrators to ensure that the unique needs of our students of African descent are being met.


Partner to acknowledge our graduates of African descent on their academic achievements, social justice advocacy and advancement into higher education.

Meetings:  Nov. 11, February 9, May 19 - 5 pm via Zoom

Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) 

ND Dads

Book Club

Coffee Club

If there is a group not listed and you would like to form one, we welcome that opportunity!  For information on how to form, email Monica Gomez ‘90, Community Relations and Events Manager 


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