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Family Weekend 2021


We are pleased to share that Family Weekend will take place October 8–10, 2021! We welcome families to save the date, but do not recommend that families make travel plans at this time. We will be basing our final Family Weekend 2021 plans on public health recommendations, group size restrictions, travel policies, and campus guidance for gatherings. We will share information on format, activities, and more this summer. Stay tuned!

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Strategies for Well-Being and Connection

Date: Friday, October 16
Time: Noon-1 p.m. CDT
YouTube Event Link:

How do we support and affirm our students as they process all that has happened this year – from racial injustice to a global pandemic? How do students find community in a COVID-19 environment, whether they live at home or on campus? Join our campus experts as they share guidance and strategies from a trauma-informed perspective.


Ida Balderrama-Trudell
Interim Director, Office of Inclusion Education

Sarah Nolan, PhD
Director, Mental Health Services

Caitlyn LoMonte
Program Director, Social Justice Education, Office of Inclusion Education

Christina Olstad, EdD
Dean of Students

Warren Scherer, MPH
Assistant Dean/Director, Gender & Sexuality Campus Center

College of Letters & Science Honors Program Family Weekend Event

Date: Friday, October 16
Time: 4-5 p.m. CDT
Zoom Event Link:

Current Letters and Science Honors Program students and families – please join us on Friday, October 16 at 4 pm (CDT) for conversation and an information session held via Zoom. Honors Faculty Director Sabine Gross, Associate Directors Sara Stephenson and Matt Kohlstedt along with other Honors team members will explain opportunities the Honors Program provides, answer your questions, and offer details about any of the Program’s aspects. This is a live event that will allow you to ask questions.

We also encourage you to submit questions in advance of the October 16 session here:

Please note that while students not currently enrolled in the Honors Program in the College of Letters & Science are able to join, this event will be tailored and most useful to those already in the program.

For questions and accommodations, please contact

Life on Purpose: Three Questions Only You Can Answer

Date: Saturday, October 17
Time: 10-11 a.m. CDT
Will be streamed on the Parent and Family Program Facebook Page, available for viewing afterwards, and will be captioned.

Dr. Christine B Whelan talks about, “Life on Purpose: Three Questions Only You Can Answer”. Her motto is “not for school but for life we learn.” Dr. Whelan teaches class on Consuming Happiness, Belonging & Purpose and Finance & Families. She is the author of four applied research books, including The Big Picture: A Guide to Finding Your Purpose in Life (2016). Dr. Whelan has been published in the New York Times, Washington Post and USA Today, among many others, and is a frequent guest on national and local television and radio.

Insights from Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Lori Reesor

Date: Saturday, October 17
Time: 11 a.m.-Noon CDT
YouTube Event Link:

Join Vice Chancellor Reesor for conversation and community as she reflects on her roles as a college administrator and college parent. What does student support look like while living through multiple crises – COVID-19, an economic recession, and racial injustice? How can parents help their students navigate this semester and the year ahead? Hear her perspectives on guiding our students during this time.

Learn to Draw Bucky Badger with Wheelhouse Studios 

Date: Saturday, October 17
Time: Noon-1 p.m. CDT
Will be streamed on the Parent and Family Program Facebook Page, available for viewing afterwards, and will be captioned.

Family Weekend Draw Together: Follow along with Taylor Franklin, Program Director of Wheelhouse Studios – UW’s Art Studio and learn how to draw Bucky Badger. All you need is a piece of paper, a drawing utensil, and a good attitude. Taylor will break down the drawing lesson into easy steps for the whole Badger family to enjoy.

Here are suggested supplies to draw your Bucky or Becky Badger:

  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Black and red markers preferred, but colored pencil and crayons could also work!

Attending College During a Pandemic: The Mental Health Impact and How We Can All Help

Date: Saturday, October 17
Time: 2-3 p.m. CDT
YouTube Event Link:

As the pandemic continues across the country, college students, like everyone, have had their lives disrupted in many ways. Stress, anxiety, depression, loneliness and other negative mental health outcomes are expected reactions to our current global events. UW-Madison has many resources to help students manage during this time, and we also know that families are a critical part of supporting students. In this session, the Director of Mental Health Services, Dr. Sarah Nolan, will discuss mental health trends on campus, resources at UW, and ways that family and friends can support students during this unique time.

HAMILTON: How a Musical About History is Making Musical History! 

Date: Saturday, October 17
Time: 3-4 p.m. CDT
Will be streamed on the Parent and Family Program Facebook Page, available for viewing afterwards, and will be captioned.

Hamilton: An American Musical tells the story of the founding of the country and the Revolution, while also commenting on contemporary issues in America today. With a soundtrack and script that fuses classical musical theatre and poetry with elements of popular music and hip hop, its storytelling both builds on the past and looks to the future. A cultural phenomenon that exemplifies the highest excellence in the genre, Hamilton appeals to a diverse audience far beyond the lights of Broadway and the success of the show is changing what theatre is being produced – what stories are being told and who is telling them.

Sarah Marty, Interim Co-Director for the Bolz Center in the Wisconsin School of Business, teaches classes on arts entrepreneurship, arts leadership, and Hamilton: An American Musical for University of Wisconsin-Madison. Through her work as Co-Director of the Holding History Program, she mentors students as they connect the history of media to the arts and crafts of bookmaking and learn how to share their discoveries in centuries old books through public events in campus libraries and digital platforms. As Producing Artistic Director of Four Seasons Theatre, she helps bring musical theatre performances to stages, libraries, and retirement communities across Madison, WI.

Virtual UW-Madison Campus Tour

Date: Saturday, October 17
Time: 3:45-4:45 p.m. CDT
Event Link (Link will become live 30 minutes before the start of the event):

Come join a few UW-Madison student tour guides on our newest virtual campus tour! On this tour, you will be guided through the vibrant city and campus and learn more about different sites, places, and how students enjoy spending their time in the city. Learn more about how UW-Madison is pushing boundaries and constantly growing as a place for research, athletics, and individual growth.

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