Week of Welcome

Our 2021 Week of Welcome will be September 23–26, 2021.

Week of Welcome is an important time for both you and your student(s). Just as we intentionally ensure that your student is smoothly introduced and incorporated into the University of Oregon, we believe that you should have a relationship with the university, as well.

2021 Week of Welcome Family Schedule

Thursday, September 23

Parent and Family Lounge: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Erb Memorial Union (EMU) Green. We invite you to visit us during move-in at our Parent and Family Lounge to relax, enjoy refreshments, and meet university faculty and staff while/after moving your student into the residence halls. This is an informal space and families are welcome to come and go as they please.

Friday, September 24

Campus Life Interest Sessions: 1:15–4:00 p.m. With adjustments to 2020 and 2021 IntroDUCKtion sessions, we want to make sure you have a chance to check in with campus departments and resources that you may not have had a chance to interact with over the summer. Multiple sessions will take place during each time block in various locations in and around the Erb Memorial Union (EMU).

1:15–2:00 p.m. (choose one)

  • Study Abroad, Straub Hall 156: Is your student thinking about expanding their horizons and traveling the world to study? This is the session for you. Come meet and chat with Global Education Oregon to learn more.
  • First-Year Interest Groups (FIGs): Find Your Path, Find Your People, EMU Redwood: Each FIG is unique and tailored to explore an exciting academic theme while helping students acclimate to campus both academically and socially. 
  • Accessible Education Center (AEC), EMU Crater Lake Room: The AEC is dedicated to facilitating and supporting accessible education through access and full inclusion of students with disabilities into the university environment.
  • Holding On, Letting Go, EMU Ballroom: Learn how leaving home for the UO affects students and family members. Whether this is your first or fourth child leaving for college, this presentation by Student Life will let you know what to expect and how you can support your student. For parents and families only.

2:15–3:00 p.m. (choose one)

  • Protecting the Flock, EMU Ballroom: Staff members from the Office of the Dean of Students and the UO Police Department will discuss safety at the UO. For parents and families only. 
  • Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence (CMAE), EMU Redwood: The CMAE is a place where students are empowered, engaged, and nurtured for success. Their mission is to promote student retention and persistence for historically underrepresented and underserved students. 
  • Advising and Tips for Success, EMU Crater Lake Room: Academic advising is a crucial component to overall student success at the UO. Come learn more from the director for Academic Success Programs. 
  • Fraternity and Sorority Life, Straub Hall 156: Join FSL staff as they guide you through what our community has to offer. Learn about our 34 organizations from three different councils: Culturally Based Fraternal Organizations, Panhellenic Sororities, and the Interfraternity Council.

3:15–4:00 p.m. (choose one)

  • University Health Services, EMU Redwood: Staff from University Health Services will answer all your questions about services, enrollment requirements, and how health insurance fits into your student’s wellness picture. 
  • Mental Health Matters, EMU Ballroom: We ALL have mental health. Learn about what UO students experience and how Counseling Services supports the emotional well-being and mental health of our diverse student community. Join our community of care and learn how to support the mental health of our Ducks.
  • Student Experience Panel, EMU Crater Lake Room: Current students will share their experiences as Ducks and validate the transition experience. Moderated panel by the director of Parent and Family Programs.

All events will be conducted in accordance with federal, state, and local guidance and university policies specific to COVID-19.