Family Weekend Session Links

Welcome to Family Weekend 2020. A full outline of the Family Weekend Schedule is below. All times are in EDT.

In order to access Family Weekend 2020 events, you must first download Zoom, if you haven’t already. Instructions on how to download Zoom are HERE. In order to join the Zoom event, please click on the event title you wish to join at the listed start time of the session, which will connect you to the Zoom window for that session. You will not be able to join Zoom sessions early.

All events will have live closed captioning unless otherwise noted. Recordings of each session will be added to this page within 2 weeks after Family Weekend.

If you encounter any technical difficulties or are having trouble accessing a session, the Family Weekend committee will be available to help troubleshoot by way of the Family Weekend Help Desk. 

The Family Weekend Help Desk will be available during the following hours:

Friday, October 16, 2020  |  9:30am – 6:00pm (EDT)
Saturday, October 17, 2020  |  9:00am – 3:30pm (EDT)

To access the Family Weekend Help Desk by telephone, call:

Phone number: +1 646 518 9805
Meeting ID: 996 1573 0785

Welcome Remarks

The Georgetown University community wishes to welcome you to Family Weekend 2020. In an especially unusual and unprecedented year, we hope you are able to connect and engage with faculty and staff about academics, resources, and the student experience mid-semester. You are invited to begin your Family Weekend experience by viewing welcome remarks, posted below, from President DeGioia and the Deans of the main campus undergraduate schools.

John J. DeGioia


View welcome from President DeGioia

Chris Celenza

Dean of Georgetown College

View welcome from Dean Celenza

Carole Roan Gresenz

Dean of the School of Nursing & Health Studies

View welcome from Dean Gresenz

Joel Hellman

Dean of the Walsh School of Foreign Service

View welcome from Dean Hellman

Paul Almeida

Dean of the McDonough School of Business

View welcome from Dean Almeida

Friday, October 16, 2020

Many sessions were recorded for those who were unable to attend sessions live. Sessions that have a recording available will have a link in the right-hand column that you can click on to view the recording. Recordings may continue to be added throughout the week of October 19-24. Questions can be directed to If you have any follow-up questions for a particular presenter, please email, and the Family Weekend team can help connect you.

TimeEventDescriptionSession Recording
8:00- 8:50 amKey Concepts for International ParentsLearn about the Office of Global Services (OGS), basic concepts that are important for F-1 and J-1 visa-holders, and considerations for international students planning to arrive at Georgetown in Spring 2021. View recording
10:00-10:50amCawley 101: Career Development at GeorgetownThe Cawley Career Education Center provides career services designed to help students through every step of the career development process. In this session, you will learn about our core programs and services, virtual operations and new initiatives that support students during this current season, and how students can engage with us.View recording
11:00-11:50amDelivering a Signature Georgetown Experience in a Virtual Learning EnvironmentEddie Maloney, the Executive Director of Georgetown’s Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS), and Lee Pinkowitz, Associate Professor of Finance in the McDonough School of Business, will discuss how Georgetown and McDonough in particular have adapted to virtual learning for fall 2020. We’ll share some of the many ways—training, resources, focus groups, and more—that Georgetown faculty have prepared an engaging semester for students, and we’ll make plenty of time to answer your questions.
This session will not be recorded for future viewing.
12:00-12:50pmThe CALL: An Immersive and Experiential Semester DowntownLearn about one of Georgetown’s newest initiatives open to all undergraduates, The CALL, an immersive and experiential program offering downtown living, credit-bearing internships, and curated courses, along with unique mentoring and networking opportunities. The CALL works with students to better integrate their academic, personal, and professional goals so they are more confident in their post-graduate paths and ambitions.View recording
12:00-12:30pmAdjustment to Georgetown: Mental Health Resources in the Virtual EnvironmentThis session will address student adjustment to Georgetown in the virtual environment as well as mental health resources that are available. View recording
12:00-12:50pmOffice of Fellowships: Bridging the Academic and ProfessionalThe Georgetown Office of Fellowships, Awards, and Resources (GOFAR) invites students and their parents to learn more about the fellowships on which we advise, and how fellowships can support co-curricular and professional goals. Fellowships are merit-based opportunities, which range from research opportunities to funded graduate school, that support students’ growth and development in preparation for careers that aspire to make a difference in the world. Last year, Georgetown University was ranked #1 in the nation for Fulbright recipients. We encourage you to attend our session to hear more about the opportunities. All class years are encouraged to take part. View recording
1:00-1:25pmDo You Know Jack?: A Georgetown History Trivia GameThink you know Georgetown? Test your knowledge with the University Archives! Join staff for a fun (and interactive!) Georgetown history trivia game via Zoom. Learn about some fascinating and less well-known aspects of University history and discover how the Archives supports learning and research on campus and beyond the Hilltop. View recording
1:30-2:20pmTotal Body Cardio & Strength ClassJoin the Campus Recreation team for a Total Body Cardio & Strength class! This session will include a series of exercises targeting each of the body’s primary muscle groups, utilizing a combination of body weight exercises to achieve overall muscle strength and conditioning while moving to the beat of the music! This event will not have live closed captioning.View recording
1:30-2:20pmCaring for the Whole Person & Community Through MeditationLearn more about how the John Main Center is upholding the Ignatian value of cura personalis through meditation.View recording
1:30pmMuslim Jum-ah Prayer (English)All are invited to this Muslim prayer service. Imam Hendi will record a Friday Jum’ah sermon and share it on the Muslim Life Facebook page. This event will not have live closed captioning.
2:30-3:20pmThe Liberal Arts Education: The Ultimate Pre-Professional DegreeThe Cawley Career Education Center and Georgetown College have teamed up to help students in the College connect their academic pathways to their Georgetown career journey and beyond. This session will ultimately walk us through what this process looks like. We’ll also explore how students can leverage their skills and values that they gain through a liberal arts education in order to make career decisions that fit both their purpose and needs as holistic individuals. View recording
2:30-3:20pmCareers for School of Nursing & Health Studies GraduatesPlease join Jodi Schneiderman, the Assistant Director of Professional Development for the School of Nursing & Health Studies, as she discusses how to gain career-related experience during the time of COVID-19. This session will review what job recruiting looks like, and what students and parents can begin working on to help with their Georgetown career journey.View recording
2:30-3:20pmThe Business of Today: Why Compassion MattersJoin Talia Schatz, Director of the McDonough School of Business Undergraduate Career Development Center; Veronica Clanzy B’21; and alumni Dominique Jordan B’13, Carlos Cheung B’13, and Jenn Kozyra B’18. We will discuss how current events like COVID-19, Black Lives Matter, and the Me Too movement are affecting their diverse work environments. We will also explore how to navigate career strategy in the finance, tech, and nonprofit consulting spaces.View recording
2:30-3:20pmCareers for School of Foreign Service Graduates – Internship PlanningIs it too soon to start thinking about summer internships? Tina Gaddy, Assistant Director for Undergraduate Professional Development at the School of Foreign Service, will discuss industry-specific recruitment timelines, internship research strategies, and campus resources to help students plan for summer 2021. View recording
3:30-4:20pmStudent Transitions & EngagementJoin staff from the Center for Student Engagement to gain more insight into transitions students may be experiencing this semester, ways that students are getting virtually engaged and connected, and practical tools you can use to support your student throughout the year. View recording
3:30-4:20pmHoyas for Others: Engaging DC and Beyond Through Social JusticeJoin the Center for Social Justice for a dialogue on how students get engaged beyond the Hilltop, across the country, and around the world through CSJ’s EngageDCorps programs, Alternative Breaks, community-based learning, research opportunities, weekly tutoring, mentoring commitments, and more. Hoyas’ commitment to social justice will continue virtually throughout the fall.View recording
3:30-4:20pmSpiritual Care at Georgetown: Connecting to ResourcesJoin us for a conversation with the Campus Ministry Chaplaincy Directors on the spiritual resources that are available to students this semester. Get to know more about our University Chaplains and the pastoral care that Campus Ministry offers. Fr. Greg Schenden, SJ, Director of Campus Ministry, will moderate. View recording
4:30-5:20pmMaker Hub 4th Anniversary ExpoJoin the Maker Hub community via zoom to celebrate our 4th anniversary as Georgetown’s favorite space for creativity, innovation, and hands-on-learning in the heart of Lauinger Library! Makers from across campus will be on hand to show off their favorite projects and we’ll talk about how YOU can learn how to use our tools and connect with other makers.View recording
5:00pmJewish Shabbat ServiceAll are invited to celebrate Shabbat with the Jewish chaplaincy. This event will not have live closed captioning.
5:30-6:30pmDeans’ Meet and Greet – Georgetown CollegeJoin Dean Christopher Celenza and the Georgetown College Advising Deans to learn more about academic advising, academic support, academic resources, and how the Advising Deans are staying connected to their advisees. In addition, Eddie Maloney, Executive Director of the Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS), will join Dean Celenza in conversation about virtual learning in Georgetown College classes.View recording
5:30-6:30pmSchool of Nursing & Health Studies: Roundtable with Dean Carole Roan GresenzJoin the Dean of the School of Nursing & Health Studies, Carole Roan Gresenz, as she moderates a roundtable for faculty and a few parents of NHS students to share their experiences.
5:30-6:30pmMcDonough School of Business Open HouseJoin the Dean of the McDonough School of Business and William R. Berkley Chair, Paul Almeida, and Senior Associate Dean of the Undergraduate Program, Patricia Grant, and faculty members to learn about the programming and academic support available to our students.View recording
5:30-6:30pmSFS Deans’ Town HallJoin SFS Dean Joel Hellman and the BSFS advising deans for an interactive Town Hall for parents and families. Learn more about the virtual learning environment, what to expect from the rest of the fall semester, and how the deans are keeping connected with students right now. View recording
8:00pmLetters & Poems Project: Curated and Directed by Prof. Maya E. Roth Enjoy the opening performance of the Letters and Poems Project, curated by the Artistic Director of the Davis Center Maya E. Roth, with Olivia Martin (COL ’13). This first installment features students, faculty, staff, and alumni reading great letters and poems aloud, sourced from nominations. Hybrid in form, this is a moving way to encounter the archives & diversity memory and performance. The October installment features over ten students and combines live and video installations. The project responds to community interests, speaking to our souls as well as reflecting on history. Letters & Poems creates a virtual community for Georgetown across this year. This event will not have live closed captioning.

Saturday, October 17, 2020

TimeEventDescriptionSession Recording
9:30-10:20amGeorgetown College Curricular Info Session – Exploring Undergraduate Research Opportunities and Faculty Student MentorshipJoin Dean Christopher Celenza, faculty, and students who will discuss undergraduate research opportunities for students in Georgetown College. Students and professors will share their unique collaborative experiences of research and mentorship.View recording
9:30-10:20amSchool of Nursing & Health Studies Curricular Information Session: A Conversation with Current NHS Undergraduate StudentsJoin the NHS advising deans and current undergraduate students for an interactive panel discussion featuring perspectives from upper-class NHS students on topics including academic resources, study abroad options, research and internship opportunities, and more.View recording
9:30-10:20amMcDonough School of Business Curricular Information SessionJoin our McDonough faculty in a panel discussion as they provide an overview of the undergraduate curriculum with an emphasis on our Accounting, Management, Operations and Analytics areas, our First-Year seminar program, as well as our new Business and Global Affairs (BGA) degree. Additionally, this session will explain how McDonough undergraduates are receiving support and guidance from our faculty and academic deans.View recording
9:30-10:20amSchool of Foreign Service Curricular Information Session: Undergraduate Curriculum and Academic AdvisingThis session will provide an overview of the undergraduate curriculum, including course requirements, language study, and study abroad. Additionally, this session will explain how SFS students can receive support and guidance from BSFS curricular deans. View recording
10:30-11:20amStudy Abroad Information SessionStaff from the Office of Global Education, undergraduate students, and members of the deans’ offices will discuss the many study abroad opportunities available to your student.View recording
11:30-12:20pmPre-Health Education at Georgetown University: A Parent’s GuideIn this session, participants will learn about the Pre-Health Advising office and enrichment opportunities available for pre-health students at Georgetown University. View recording
12:30-1:50pmCOVID: The Intersection of Racial, Health, and Economic DisparitiesAs COVID-19 sweeps the world, the pandemic and the response to it have thrown racial, health and economic disparities into sharp relief. Join faculty from all four undergraduate schools as they discuss how COVID-19 has affected American communities and people around the world.View recording
2:00-2:50pmGeorgetown College Faculty Lecture | Contemporary Politics: Election YearSchool of Nursing & Health Studies Faculty Lecture |
Be Kind To Yourself: Mental Health & Well-Being in the Time of COVID-19
View recording
2:00-2:50pmSchool of Nursing & Health Studies Faculty Lecture |
Be Kind To Yourself: Mental Health & Well-Being in the Time of COVID-19
Please join Dr. Neeraj Mistry as he shares the importance of mental health and well-being in the time of COVID-19.View recording
3:00-3:50pmMcDonough School of Business Faculty Lecture | Opportunities in Distress: Real Estate & EntrepreneurshipProfessors Matthew Cypher and Jeff Reid will discuss the tremendous opportunities afforded by two industries even during times of economic downturn: real estate and entrepreneurship. Join them as they discuss the fundamentals of property investing and starting your own venture.View recording
3:00-3:50pmWalsh School of Foreign Service Faculty Lecture | Where Are We Going? SFS Professors on the Future of the Global Order In the midst of unprecedented global challenges and growing threats from China and Russia, the 2020 US presidential election looms large. SFS professors Kate McNamara, Ken Opalo, professor emeritus Robert Lieber, and SFS Dean Joel Hellman discuss the ways in which foreign policy might change based on the outcome. What effect might a Biden presidency or a second term for President Trump have on international relations and America’s relationships abroad?View recording
8:00pmLetters & Poems Project: Curated and Directed by Prof. Maya E. Roth Enjoy the performance of the Letters and Poems Project, curated by the Artistic Director of the Davis Center Maya E. Roth, with Olivia Martin (COL ’13). This first installment features students, faculty, staff, and alumni reading great letters and poems aloud, sourced from nominations. The project responds to community interests, speaking to our souls as well as reflecting on history. Letters & Poems creates a virtual community for Georgetown across this year. This event will not have live closed captioning.

Sunday, October 18, 2020

5:00pmHindu AratiAll are invited to this Hindu prayer service. This event will not have live closed captioning.
7:00-8:00pmFamily Weekend Catholic MassAll are invited to this Catholic mass. This event will not have live closed captioning.
7:00-8:00pmFamily Weekend Protestant Worship ServiceAll are invited to this special Family Weekend Protestant worship service. This event will not have live closed captioning.