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Tartan Family Webinar Series

The Office of Parent and Family Engagement is excited to announce our inaugural Tartan Family Webinar Series. Over the course of the academic year, we will be offering webinars curated specifically for families about topics relevant to your student’s experience at Carnegie Mellon. All webinars will be recorded and archived on this site. We look forward to seeing you on a webinar! 

Upcoming Webinars

State of COVID-19 in Pittsburgh & CMU's Response             

Wednesday, February 10, 7:30 p.m. ET

The Associate Vice President for Community Health and Well-Being along with key members of the COVID Coordinating Team will provide an update about COVID-19 in Pittsburgh and at CMU. They will provide more information about strategies CMU is employing to keep our community safer as well as support and opportunities for students studying in Pittsburgh and remotely this semester.


Exploring and Preparing for Graduate School

Wednesday, February 24, 7:30 p.m. ET

Is your student be interested in graduate school? Join Associate Deans from two of CMU’s colleges to learn more about the difference between graduate programs and undergraduate programs; how your student can explore graduate school as a possibility; how your student can prepare for successfully applying to and funding graduate school; and timeline considerations that are important for students and families. There will be time for questions from the audience.

Residential Family Connection Hour

Wednesday, March 3, 7:30 p.m. ET

Looking to connect with other families with first-year students living on campus this semester? Join Residential Education to meet your student's housefellow and to connect with other families with students living in the same community. During this interactive webinar, community specific Zoom links will be shared.

Well-Being Guide Posts for 2021: A Mindfulness Session for Families and Parents

Wednesday, March 10, 7:30 p.m. ET

Join Dareen Basma, Psychotherapist at Counseling and Psychological Services (CaPS) and Angie Lusk, Program Director for Student Affairs Wellness Initiatives, for a conversation about self-awareness, mindfulness, and well-being in 2021. We will come together with the goal of acknowledging the incredible challenges we have encountered in 2020 and the challenges that will continue to arise in 2021, with the goal of identifying strategies to navigate these trying times in a mindful, intentional, and realistic way for ourselves and for those we love. We will spotlight the mindfulness resources and opportunities at Carnegie Mellon University that support individual and communal well-being.   

The Kids Are Alright

Wednesday, March 24, 7:30 p.m. ET

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the CMU experience for all of our students, whether studying in Pittsburgh, or remotely from places across the country and world. Join the Office of Parent & Family Engagement to hear from a panel of current undergraduate students about how they have been handling college life during the COVID-19 pandemic. Student representatives from across CMU will be sharing their experiences about how they’ve adapted, what they’ve learned, and what they are looking forward to in the future.

Spring Carnival: How It Started vs. How It’s Going

Wednesday, April 7, 7:30 p.m. ET

For more than 100 years, Spring Carnival has been – and continues to be – one of CMU’s most anticipated weekends of the year with Tartans around the world coming together for our traditions of Booth, Buggy, Mobot, Scotch’n’Soda and AB, as well as contests, events and talent competitions. Come join us to learn more a little bit more about one of Carnegie Mellon’s oldest traditions and how we’ve adapted to the virtual world to reach even more Tartans.

Students Today, Alumni Forever

Wednesday, May 12, 7:30 p.m. ET

One of the greatest assets of any institution is its alumni network, and CMU has a lot to be proud of with over 110,000 alumni worldwide! Families of graduating seniors are invited to join staff from the Office of Alumni & Constituent Engagement to hear how your student can make a smooth transition into the alumni family, how you can stay a part of the Tartan community for life, and to celebrate this milestone.