2020 Virtual Family Orientation

Blue Jay statue holding "Welcome New Blue Jays" sign

Greetings New Blue Jay Families! Welcome to Virtual Family Orientation 2020.

We are so excited you will be joining us and have prepared programs throughout the summer to assist and support your onboarding to the Hopkins community. Below you will find the dates, times, information, and registration link to participate in these programs.

If you have further questions, please email us at bluejayfamilies@jhu.edu. We are looking forward to interacting with you over the summer! #GoHop

Attend a Virtual Send-Off this Summer!

The Johns Hopkins Parents Programs and Giving office is throwing a virtual send-off party in your student’s honor this summer! Join us via Zoom to meet current Blue Jay families, students, alumni, and staff as well as other 2024 Blue Jay students and families in your area. For more details, including a complete list of Summer Send-Off events, please visit the Summer Send-Off website.

Full Schedule

Unless otherwise noted, all sessions begin at 7 p.m. EST.

DateProgram 
Monday, July 6Navigating Orientation in a Virtual Space: New Student & Blue Jay Family Onboarding

This webinar will guide students, parents, and families through what New Student and Family Orientation will look like in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. It will highlight key University resources available to help ensure a successful transition to Hopkins as well as introduce the programming schedules.

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Sunday, July 12The Inside Scoop at JHU

This program will provide insight and information to incoming families on the Hopkins experience by engaging with current JHU families and student ambassadors.

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Sunday, July 19
(6 p.m. EDT)
Coffee & Conversations Virtual Panel I

Campus partners will share their knowledge and expertise with incoming families about their area and how their department supports students.

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Sunday, July 19Design your Life

This presentation will provide incoming families with a comprehensive understanding of the Life Design Lab and how it partners with Arts & Sciences and Engineering, as well as family members within the PIN network.

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Sunday, July 26Coffee & Conversations Virtual Panel II

Campus partners will share their knowledge and expertise with incoming families about their area and how their department supports students.

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Sunday, August 2Best Practices in Virtual Learning: How Can I Support My Jay?

This presentation will provide best practices for students learning virtually, including academic support services available to students, the importance of providing your student autonomy, and learning how to advocate for themselves as it pertains to their academic success.

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Monday, August 3JHU Welcome for International Families

This program will provide international families information about the education, support services, health care, and culture of Hopkins to international students. It is highly recommended and encouraged for students to participate with their families.

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Sunday, August 9A Glimpse into Student Services

This panel will help families understand the robust student services and support available to all incoming students and identify how these services and resources enhance the student experience.

Postponed until further notice
Sunday, August 16
(6 p.m. EDT)
Parent & Family Academic Welcome from the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences

This presentation provides families a comprehensive understanding of Krieger Arts & Sciences and communicates the important role and partnership that advisors have with their student’s educational journey.

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Sunday, August 16Parent & Family Academic Welcome from the Whiting School of Engineering

This presentation provides families a comprehensive understanding of Whiting School of Engineering and communicates the important role and partnership that advisors have with their student’s educational journey.

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Monday, August 17
(6 p.m. EDT)
What it Means to be FLI at JHU

This program will provide information and resources to incoming FLI (first-generation and limited-income) families on Hopkins by engaging with current FLI students and families who have been through the Hopkins experience. Please note that registration is limited to first-generation and limited-income families.

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Monday, August 17The 2020 Guide to Living Off-Campus

This presentation will guide transfer students through the next steps of off-campus housing considering the pandemic protocol.

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Sunday, August 23Convocation

Convocation is the official ceremony that welcomes new students to the academic community and serves as the bookend to Commencement. If you have any questions please contact convocation@jhu.edu

TBD
Monday, August 31Letting Go: Your Blue Jay is Now Ready to Soar!

This presentation provides strategies and information on how families can partner in “Letting Go” during their student’s college experience. Autonomy and critical thinking skills are an important part of the college experience; incoming families will need to understand how the dynamics of their relationship will or may change as their student starts to experience adversity and growth during their college journey.

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