2021 Virtual Parent and Family Orientation

Welcome to Hopkins Blue Jay Families! We hope that you can join us as we aim to provide a smooth transition for you into the Blue Jay Community.

The Virtual Parent and Family Orientation program is designed to provide context, information, and resources to incoming families. The Office of Parent and Family Relations is dedicated to helping new families transition smoothly into the Hopkins community by providing a plethora of information and resources. The full webinar schedule is detailed below, be sure to register now! All virtual programs will be recorded and made available on our website shortly after each webinar is held.

You are also welcome to explore previous webinars held for Blue Jay families in 2020-2021.

Feature the FLI Compass Series

Parents and Families of First Generation, Limited Income (FLI) students – You’ve been guiding your students along the path that brought them to Hopkins, and you have a key role in helping them navigate what’s ahead. You are your student’s most trusted guide, and we want you as partners in your student’s experience. As part of the 2021 Parent and Family Orientation Schedule, this 3 session series provides actionable information – a compass – for you to navigate what’s ahead. The webinars focus on the foundations of your student’s first year at Hopkins around finances and other resources. .

Webinar Full Schedule

2021 Parent and Family Orientation Schedule

Unless otherwise noted, all webinars begin at 7 p.m. Eastern Time. Please continue to check back for any schedule changes and webinar recordings

Sunday, June 6Welcome to Hopkins: What's Next?

Join us to learn what's next and how to best prepare this summer for life at JHU! This webinar will be a combined partnership with New Student Orientation. This webinar will provide an overview and expectations of Pre/Move-In Orientation for new, transfer, international students, and Blue Jay Families.

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Tuesday, June 8Guide to Finding Off-Campus Housing for Transfer Students and Families

This program will provide insight and information to incoming transfer students and their families on finding off-campus housing in the Charles Village Community.

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Monday, June 21Hopkins & Natural Sciences: NASA’s New Eyes on the Universe with Dr. Sarah Horst

NASA’s next space telescope, JWST, will provide us with important information to help us answer some of humankind’s biggest questions. How did we get here? Are we alone in the universe? How does the universe work? JWST will be the largest telescope ever sent into space and will study everything from planets and moons in our own solar system as part of our search for life to far away galaxies that will help us understand the very first galaxies that formed after the Big Bang.

Friday, June 25 (8 p.m. EST)Blue Jay Family Mixer

Are you interested in connecting with other new Blue Jay Families?! Join our Blue Jay Family Mixer powered by Mixtroz . Mixtroz is a unique and exciting way to meet and network with others over icebreakers


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Sunday, July 11The 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.

Wednesday, July 14Fall 2021 Covid Expectations and Support

This webinar will provide families the protocols of COVID when their student arrives at Homewood. The panelists will provide families the protocols, processes and expectations that students will need to understand while engaging in activities at Homewood.

Sunday, July 18Coffee & Conversations Panel I

Representatives from the Housing an Dining department will provide families with insight into the Move-In process at Hopkins. It will also provide families with information about the various dining options.

Sunday, July 18 (8 p.m. EST)JHU International Family Welcome

This program will provide international families about education, support services, healthcare an the culture at Hopkins University as it pertains to international students. It is highly recommended for students an families to participate.


Monday, July 19FLI Session #1: FLI Family Compass-What about the money?

This session will answer questions related to paying for things outside of tuition (books, activities, etc.), planning for refund checks, and a better understanding of student accounts.

Wednesday, July 21How Does Your Student Stay Healthy at Hopkins?

Representatives from all facets of Health care at Hopkins will discuss Student Health and Well-Being.

Sunday, July 25Coffee and Conversations Panel II

Representatives from Student Leadership, Student Union Programming and Student Center for Social Concern will discuss the civic engagement and leadership opportunities at Hopkins.

Monday, July 26FLI Session #2: FLI Family Compass-Who's helping my student on campus?

This session will answer questions on support systems that are either specifically for FLI students or have historically been very helpful for the FLI student experience.

Wednesday, July 28Embracing the Beauty of Our Diversity at JHU

This program will introduce an highlight the Centers for Diversity & Inclusion (LGBTQ Life, Multicultural Affairs, Religious and Spiritual Life, an Women an Gender Resources) and the programs, education and services those offices offer to students. It will also emphasize how Hopkins promotes diversity within the campus culture.

Sunday, August 1Coffee and Conversations Panel III

This program will provide insight an information to incoming families on what their Blue Jay will experience while living on-campus at Hopkins. It will also introduce them to the Office of Student Conduct an the expectations of Hopkins.

Monday, August 2FLI Session #3: FLI Family Compass-How do I Keep helping my student from home?

This session will answer questions on how families and supporters can support their students from afar. You will gain insight into the arc of the semester timeline (e.g. add/drop period, midterms, finals, etc.) and questions you can use to engage your student in supportive dialogue throughout the year. What is life like on campus? How many hours a week is your student in classes or in activities outside of classes? When are the breaks and when can your student come home?

Monday, August 16Welcome from the Whiting School of Engineering

The Vice Dean for Engineering and Undergraduate Education will welcome families and provide a comprehensive overview and expectations of what is required at the Whiting School of Engineering and the academic opportunities.

Tuesday, August 17Welcome from the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

Families will have the opportunity to learn more about the School of Arts and Sciences.

Monday, August 30Greetings From the Vice Provost of Student Affairs

Join the Vice Provost for Student Affairs who will welcome our newest Blue Jay Families to Hopkins!