Parent & Family Weekend 2020

October 23, 2020 – October 25, 2020

We are excited to engage with our parent and family members virtually for Parent & Family Weekend 2020. During this series of remote events, families will be able to hear from administrators, faculty, and departments with updates on the university, information, and resources. Programming will include sessions from the academic Dean’s, student group spotlights, departmental open houses, and more.

A full list of Virtual Parent & Family Weekend opportunities is available below. Session access will be available beginning Friday, October 23rd. All sessions will be recorded and will be made available during the week of October 26th.

Event App

Check out the Parent & Family Weekend event app where you can access the schedule of sessions, university information, and more resources for parents & families. The app can be downloaded through the App and Google Play Stores by searching for “Events @ WashU.”

Families Facebook Page

Follow us on Facebook to view the Parent & Family Weekend “Day in the Life” student series, to get your “Proud WashU Family” Facebook frame, and to access other exclusive Parent & Family Weekend content and resources. 


Parent & Family Weekend Schedule

Please note that all event times are in Central Standard Time

Friday, October 23rd Schedule

Parent and Family Weekend Welcome
9:30 AM
Join Rob Wild, Ph.D., Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs for a welcome and overview of the 2020 Virtual Parent and Family Weekend program.
Link to Parent & Family Weekend Welcome Video

Residential Life Presents: Information about Northside & Off-Campus Housing for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022
10:00 AM
Residential Life at Washington University has many housing options for students. While many may be familiar with the South 40, this session will cover information about Res Life’s Northside and Off-Campus Housing options for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022. Learn more about the housing process and the areas in which students live on the Northside and in Off-Campus housing from Residential Life. Information covered will do its best to address the current climate of COVID and its impact on housing.
Link to Residential Life Information Session Video

Entrepreneurship & Innovation Info Session
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Learn how to get involved in creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship at WashU! This is a chance to connect with the Skandalaris Center team as we share opportunities and resources available to entrepreneurs and innovators in our community. A Q&A will follow the presentation.
Entrepreneurship & Innovation Info Session Recording

Religious, Spiritual & Ethical Life Open House
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Stop by to learn about WashU’s diverse religious and ethical communities, meet the Director for Religious, Spiritual & Ethical Life, and learn how you can support students’ spiritual wellness during this challenging time.
Due to the personalized nature of the session, there will be no recording of this session. Please reach out to The Reverend Callista Isabelle if you missed this session but would like to learn more.

TRIO: Student Support Services -Navigating WashU from First-Year to Graduation and Beyond
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Learn about the support that TRIO provides to first generation, low income, and students with disabilities during their time at WashU. TRIO assists students from their first year to graduation and beyond.
A recording of this session will be available the week of October 26th.

Building Chains of Support: An Overview of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion
1:00 PM
In this session, you will have the opportunity to learn more about the Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) here at WashU. Founded in 2015, the CDI provides support and advocacy for students of both underrepresented and marginalized backgrounds. This event will highlight the CDI’s current programmatic and training offerings while highlighting ways for students to get involved.
Link to Overview of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion Video

Introduction to Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Learn more about the Gephardt Institute, WashU’s Voter Engagement Efforts, and the vibrant culture of the St. Louis region.
Introduction to Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement Session Recording

Danforth Scholars Program Parent & Family Meet & Greet
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Chat with the Director of the Danforth Scholars Program, Jeffery Matthews, and Assistant Director Kirsten Smith. The event will cover what is happening within the community, the Office of Scholar Programs, and the upcoming 20th Anniversary celebration.
A recording of this session will be available the week of October 26th.

A Parent & Family Guide to Sorority and Fraternity Life
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Campus Life invites you to meet active members and advisors to discuss our Sorority and Fraternity Life experience at WashU. During the program, they will share information to help you navigate conversations with your student around their decision to participate, explore ways this community has prepared our students as leaders, and answer questions around the future of Sorority and Fraternity Life.
A recording of this session will be available the week of October 26th.

WashU Army ROTC: A Quick Guide to Educational Benefits and Service to Country
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Please join Mr. Lee Rodriguez and the Army’s 2019 MacArthur Leadership Award winning program here at WashU in our virtual briefing. This briefing will discuss the benefits of students becoming involved with Army ROTC. Topics will range from Service to Country and the commitment after graduation as well as the financial benefits associated with Army ROTC Scholarships. All Army ROTC scholarships cover full tuition and fees, a monthly stipends of $420 per month , annual book allowance of $1,200 and WashU will cover full room and board. We are looking forward to our meeting with and discussing our Program!
A recording of this session will be available the week of October 26th.

Rodriguez Scholars Program Parent and Family Reception
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Parents and families of the Rodriguez Scholars  are invited to join program staff and scholars for a special family-focused event. Say hello to other scholar families and learn about exciting program initiatives and updates.
A recording of this session will be available the week of October 26th.

Q&A with Computer Science & Engineering
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Curious how the fall semester is going? Join Professor Roch Guerin, department chair of Computer Science & Engineering (CSE), for a Q&A session to discuss CSE courses and research in the midst of COVID.
Q&A with Computer Science & Engineering Session Recording

Saturday, October 24th Schedule

Address by Chancellor Andrew D. Martin
9:30 AM
Chancellor Andrew D. Martin will discuss the educational experience of the University’s undergraduate students.
Link to Address by Chancellor Andrew D. Martin

Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering: Interdisciplinary Opportunities
9:45 AM –10:45 AM
The Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering offers students a cutting-edge look at the interconnections between chemical engineering and the search for solutions to energy and environmental challenges. Meet with department faculty and current undergraduates and learn about experiences and opportunities available to students, as well as new developments in departmental program offerings.
Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering: Interdisciplinary Opportunities Session Recording

Financial Responsibility: Starting a Conversation with Your College Student
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Now is a good time to start a conversation with your student about financial responsibility. For many students, the college experience provides an opportunity to be in charge of their finances for the first time. Conversations about budgeting, building good credit, and spending responsibly are fundamental to establishing sound financial habits. Mark Amiri, Associate Vice Chancellor for Finance and Treasurer, will speak about the important role families play in helping their student develop financial responsibility. Mark will also be joined by Kelli Lively, Manager of Student and Parent Loan Programs who will share her perspective on these important topics.
Financial Responsibility: Starting a Conversation with Your College Student Session Recording

Meet the Deans
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Take this opportunity to hear from the deans of the undergraduate schools and ask your questions.

A recording of these sessions will be available the week of October 26th.

Residential Life: Meet the Faculty Fellows!
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM
During this session, some of our residential Faculty Fellows will be available to connect with families and share their experiences living on campus. Faculty Fellows are faculty members who live on campus in a Residential College, often with their families, and work in partnership with Resident Advisors, Residential College Directors, and Faculty Associates to support the holistic well being of our students and contribute to an intellectually stimulating atmosphere throughout the school year. They are excited to get to know both students and their families!
Faculty Fellow meet ups will be available for the Residential Colleges listed below. If your students’ Residential College is not listed, feel free to join any session to learn more about the program!
Due to the personalized nature of the session, there will be no recording of this session. Please reach out to Residential Life if you missed this session but would like to learn more.

Q&A with Mechanical Engineering & Material Science
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Join MEMS faculty for a discussion of classes, projects, and life in the department during the fall semester and COVID.
Q&A with Mechanical Engineering & Material Science Session Recording

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Career Center but Were Afraid to Ask Your Student: Advice for Families
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Mark Smith, Director of the Career Center, will share information on services and resources available, as well as provide advice for families.
Career Center Session Recording
Career Center Family Guide Handout

The Office for Student Success: Creating the Pathway Towards a High-Quality Educational Experience 
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
The open house presentation by the Office for Student Success will discuss the measures, practices, and support systems that have been designed and developed to assist students from limited financial resources and or who are the first in their family to attend college to strive and thrive in the WashU environment. The session will include discussions led by team members and current students about the four operating pillars of the Office and their impact –Cultural Wealth, Index of Equity, High Impact Educational Practices, and Framework for Success. Session also offered at 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM.
A recording of this session will be available the week of October 26th.

Electrical & Systems Engineering
2:00 PM –3:00 PM
Speak with Dr. Bruno Sinopoli, department chair of Electrical & Systems Engineering, about courses, research, and opportunities for students.
Electrical & Systems Engineering Session Recording

Resources for Disabled Students –WashU Disability Resources Answers Commonly Asked Questions
2:00 PM –3:00 PM
For disabled students, the transition from high school to college brings with it many new challenges and responsibilities. One difficulty is student often aren’t clear on what supports are available when they reach post-secondary education. Chris Stone, Director of WashU’s Disability Resources, will share general information and answer some questions about what is available to assist disabled students as they pursue their academic and development goals at WashU.
Resources for Disabled Students Session Recording

Coffee with Engineering Advisers
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Join the Engineering Undergraduate Student Services 4 Year Advisers for updates on how EUSS is supporting students in the midst of COVID and remote learning.
Coffee with Engineering Advisers Session Recording

The Office for Student Success: Creating the Pathway Towards a High-Quality Educational Experience 
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
The open house presentation by the Office for Student Success will discuss the measures, practices, and support systems that have been designed and developed to assist students from limited financial resources and or who are the first in their family to attend college to strive and thrive in the WashU environment. The session will include discussions led by team members and current students about the four operating pillars of the Office and their impact –Cultural Wealth, Index of Equity, High Impact Educational Practices, and Framework for Success. Session also offered at 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.
A recording of this session will be available the week of October 26th.

The Other Classroom: Campus Life at WashU
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Through Student Engagement and Leadership Opportunities, students have the opportunity to spend time outside of the classroom learning about themselves and their communities. Join the Executive Director of Campus Life to hear directly from students about the ways in which students can get involved, even virtually, as they explore the co-curricular environment at Washington University.
The Other Classroom: Campus Life at WashU Recording

“Welcome to BEAR-adise”: Virtual Engagement Demonstration
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Join us for “BEAR-adise”–Campus Life’s signature event on Friday nights–where you can get a glimpse into an experience available to students to build friendships and have fun! You will get a demo of this event, learn about other programs, and have the opportunity to talk with student leaders to better understand what it’s like to be a student at WashU this year.
Due to the nature of the session, there is no recording of this event. Please reach out to Campus Life if you missed this session but would like to learn more.

Sunday, October 25th Schedule

Biomedical Engineering Open House
12:00 pm –1:00 pm
Join BME faculty for an update on current happenings in the department, followed by Q&A.
Biomedical Engineering Open House Session Recording

Religious Observances and Events

Good as Gold: Building Resilience during COVID-19
Friday, October 23: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Hosted by Chabad
Join WashU’s Dr. Jessica “Jessi” Gold to talk about cultivating resilience during the pandemic. Plus, join Chabad professionals to talk about the opening of the semester and how the organization supports students.
A recording of this session will be available the week of October 26th.

Religious, Spiritual & Ethical Life Open House
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Stop by to learn about WashU’s diverse religious and ethical communities, meet the Director for Religious, Spiritual & Ethical Life, and learn how you can support students’ spiritual wellness during this challenging time.
Due to the personalized nature of the session, there will be no recording of this session. Please reach out to The Reverend Callista Isabelle if you missed this session but would like to learn more.

Asian Christian Fellowship Open House
Saturday, October 24: 2:00 PM
Hosted by Asian Christian Fellowship
Hello and welcome to Asian Christian Fellowship (also known as ACF)! We are more than joyful to have you come visit our virtual open house as we showcase the community and events your children have seen or will be involved in. ACF is a Christian community (part of InterVarsity) that strives to foster a space for spiritual fellowship and genuine relationships. During our virtual open house, parents and families will have space to learn about ACF and ask questions about who we are, what we do, and how God has been working in our community thus far! This will also be a great opportunity to meet and hear from some ACF students about their experiences. Come with any questions you may have, we hope to see you there!
Due to the personalized nature of the session, there will be no recording of this session. Please reach out to Asian Christian Fellowship if you missed this session but would like to learn more.

Letting Go & Staying Connected During the College Years and COVID
Sunday, October 25: 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Hosted by WashU Hillel
The college years are a time of significant growth, exploration, and complex emotions for any student—a global pandemic and an uncertain social and political climate certainly intensify the university experience. In this WashU Hillel program, Karen Levin Coburn, one of the country’s leading experts on the college experience, co-author of the acclaimed book, Letting Go: A Parent’s Guide to Understanding the College Years, and former Senior Consultant in Residence at Washington University, will share how families can best support their students at this unique moment.
A Q&A discussion will follow featuring Karen, as well as Tom Brounk, Director of Mental Health Services at WashU’s Habif Health & Wellness Center, and Jenny Hoffman, M.A., a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in St. Louis.
A recording of this session will be available the week of October 26th.


The Classroom Experience

During a typical on-campus Parent & Family Weekend we offer a list of courses families can attend for a WashU classroom experience. This year, we invite parents and family members to explore The Pandemic: Science and Society, an innovative, intensive course offered in Summer 2020 that explored the myriad ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives. Parents and family members will get a glimpse into academic life at WashU and will learn from global experts about the intersecting aspects of life during a pandemic, from its effects on our health to how it has shaped public policy, impacted the global economy, and highlighted disparities across various populations. The full series of lectures are available online.

Highlighted Lectures

Science Communication with Ed Yong
Science journalist Ed Yong, staff writer at The Atlantic, discusses how he covers the pandemic and helps his readers avoid the pitfalls of misinformation.

Health Disparities with Julia López
Julia López of Washington University School of Medicine’s Division of Infectious Diseases discusses health disparities among Spanish-speaking, Latin, and immigrant communities.

The Future of Higher Education with Andrew D. Martin
Washington University Chancellor Andrew D. Martin discusses the future of higher education and the impacts of COVID<-19.

Impacts on Inclusivity with Shanna Kattari
Shanna Kattari, assistant professor of social work and of women’s studies at the University of Michigan, discusses how the pandemic is affecting disabled, queer, and trans communities.


Accessibility Statement

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events. If you have a disability and require any accommodations in order to fully participate in our virtual Parent & Family Weekend, please email the First Year Center at least 10 business days in advance.