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A Message From Fairfield’s Parents Leadership Council Chairs

Dear Fellow Fairfield University Parents,

As we look forward to the new academic year, we reflect on our family’s time at Fairfield and see the resiliency and spirit that exists throughout the Fairfield community. We are struck by the extraordinary outcomes that are realized when we face instances of great challenge. As Lane ’20 enters a vibrant alumni community and Liza ’21 enters her senior year, we are so proud that we took an active role as parents at Fairfield University.

Fairfield has always been a resilient institution. Through times of war, economic decline, and social change, its Jesuit values have guided it forward with perseverance the way they still do today. As parents, we are grateful our family belongs to a strong and active community, one that focuses on the needs of students and is always preparing for the future. Students have adjusted and are thriving in new ways of learning, faculty are innovating in the way they teach, and the University family is providing tremendous support to maintain the continuity and excellence of a Fairfield education.

The need to come together as a community is more important than ever. We invite and encourage you to become involved in every aspect of the University’s unique culture. Please consider serving as Parent Ambassadors, attending events, cheering at games, dining at the Tully, and making financial contributions that improve your student’s Fairfield experience, promote resiliency, and enable continued innovation.

Thank you for being part of the Fairfield University family and participating as a proud Stag parent.


John and Lori Berisford P’20, ’21Co-chairs
Parents Leadership Council

Membership & Involvement

Parents Leadership Council Membership

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Parents Leadership Council Membership

By joining the Parents Leadership Council, your annual gift minimum of $5,000 to the Parents Fund provides you with many opportunities to be involved throughout your student’s four years at Fairfield University. Many current and former parents have become leadership donors, providing millions of dollars in support of our vibrant University.

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Special Opportunities for Members

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Special Opportunities for Members

Benefits of joining the Parents Leadership Council include:

  • Invitations to special events hosted by University leadership throughout the year
  • Exclusive access to the Quick Center’s premier line-up of virtual events
  • Special communications and updates from the Office of Parent Engagement and Philanthropy
  • Meet senior leadership at Parents Leadership Council events occurring in the fall and spring
  • Recognition in the Fairfield University Honor Roll of Donors

Ways to Get Involved

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Ways to Get Involved

As Parents Leadership Council members you are our best Parent Ambassadors and can participate in helping our students and the entire community in the following ways:

  • Reach out to new Fairfield University families to welcome them and answer questions
  • Invite other parents to support the University with a gift of any size to the Parents Fund
  • Host and/or attend summer student and parent welcome receptions and other events with parents in your area
  • Make calls to thank parent donors for their support of the Parents Fund
  • Serve as ambassadors of the University in your community and in the Fairfield University community
  • Make connections for the Career Development Office and support them with internships and job shadow opportunities for students

Upcoming Events



President’s Virtual Coffee with Special Guests

10 – 11 EST

For more information contact us at



Mix & Mingle Virtual Cocktail Reception

7 p.m. EST

Contact Us

For more information, please contact:

Julie Tuozzoli

’85, MPA’18, P’15,’16,’19


Parent Engagement and Philanthropy


Ellen Dooley


Associate Director

Parent Engagement & Philanthropy


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