UCLA is putting out the welcome mat for almost 4,000 parents and others coming to campus Oct. 21–23 for Bruin Family Weekend. The annual event, previously called Bruin Parents Weekend, invites families to enjoy three memorable days with their undergraduate students for a taste of campus life.
The weekend begins on Friday morning with breakfast at Dickson Plaza and a welcome at Royce Hall from Chancellor Gene Block, who has called Bruin Family Weekend one of UCLA’s most important events for the part it plays in strengthening families’ connections to UCLA and fostering their advocacy, support and involvement across the campus.
The jam-packed schedule includes music and dance performances, recreational activities, visits to campus museums and the option to attend Saturday’s UCLA vs. Utah homecoming football game and the Chancellor’s Bruin Game Day Party at the Rose Bowl. Workshops and “office hours” at dozens of campus locations will provide answers to questions about academics, campus life, financial resources, career services and other campus resources.
Families are also invited to hear from faculty as they share their expertise in a wide range of disciplines, among them robotics expert Dennis Hong on “Humanoid Nature: From Playing Soccer to Saving Lives,” psychologist Adriana Galván on “Under Construction: Understanding the Teenage Brain,” associate professor of earth, planetary and space sciences Aradhna Tripati on “Hidden in Rock and Frozen in Time: Understanding Extreme Climate Change,” and anthropologist and field primatologist Susan Perry on “It’s a Jungle Out There: Deciphering Capuchin Monkey Society.”