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Family Webinar Series

Whether your Eagle is new to AU or is approaching graduation, we are here for you. Our family webinar series seeks to introduce you to our staff and resources while we focus on ways in which parents and champions can work in partnership with us to best support students on their journey. 

Register for upcoming webinars below or view recordings of recent sessions above.

students talking

Thursday, October 14 | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. EDT

Just like you, we are thrilled to have your students with us on campus this fall. The first few weeks of school are always a whirlwind of new classes, new routines and new faces. Whether your Eagle is a First Year student or a Senior, they are working though many transitions. In this webinar, we will consider what "normal" means this fall as your student navigates campus life and seeks to find community. We'll show you some of the ways students are making connections and share some tips on how families can best support their Eagle's engagement.

In advance of this session you may find it helpful to review the range of opportunities for student involvement

We invite you to submit questions with your registration or email to auparent@american.edu.

Register for College during COVID.

Early milestones where are your students now? connect to campus. first assignments. first midterms. course registration. final exams

Tuesday, October 26 | 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. EDT

How is your student guided through the process of choosing courses, declaring a major, finding support to meet academic challenges, and ultimately mapping and realizing a unique plan that carries them into the future? Find out what happens to help your student make the most of an AU education. 

While this is focused on the undergraduate experience for those who are new to AU, anyone is welcomed to join us. 

This session will cover: 

  1. Early Milestones: Where are your students now? 
  2. The Path Ahead: What is next for your students? 
  3. Staying on Track: What's available at AU to help students thrive? 
  4. Partnering with Families: What can you do to help your student succeed?

In advance of this session, you may find it helpful to review the range of resources available through the Office of Undergraduate Education and Academic Support Services.

We invite you to submit questions with your registration or email to auparent@american.edu.

Register for Navigating Academics.

Tuesday, November 2 | 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. EDT

Let's talk about student stress. How can we help our students to develop healthy coping strategies so they are better equipped to manage the inevitable challenges of college life? And how can we support them in ways that promote self-efficiacy and resiliency when they call for help? Join with staff from the counseling center to review resources for students and effective tips for families. 

In advance of this session, you may find it helpful to review the range of resources available through the Counseling Center.

We invite you to submit questions with your registration or email to auparent@american.edu.

Register for Supporting your Stressed Student

Thursday, November 18 | 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. EDT
It’s hard to believe that the fall semester is already coming to a close! Whether your Eagle is coming home for Thanksgiving or not until Winter Break, you're probably eager to see them soon. Along with all the laundry, your student will also be bringing home new ideas, new social networks, and even some new habits and behaviors. Join us to learn more about what you might expect during this transition for you and your students. 

We invite you to submit questions with your registration or email to auparent@american.edu.

Register for Home for the Holidays.

Greek Letters

Thursday, December 9 | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. EDT

For our social fraternities and sororities, spring recruitment is only weeks away. Whether your student is just curious about the pledging process or they're already proudly wearing Greek letters, we're pretty sure that you've got some questions. 

This session will be scheduled in advance of the spring 2022 recruitment season that begins in January. Staff will help explain various fraternal organizations on campus, what they do, how they recruit, and how we all work to foster their academic success and responsible leadership.

In advance of this session, you may find it helpful to review the range of resources available through the Fraternity and Sorority Life website.

We invite you to submit questions with your registration or email to auparent@american.edu.

Register for It's All Greek to Me: Fraternity and Sorority Life.

An employer representative speaks to AU students at the Job & Internship Fair

Date TBD | 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. EST

AU offers a comprehensive array of resources, programs and services to assist students and graduates with their career development. There's so much more here than resume critiques and job listings! In this session, we'll hear from experts in our Career Center as well as our business and international schools to talk about our resources for students, how we cultivate relationships with employers, the impact of COVID and how families can best support their students. Some of the trends we're spotting might surprise you - join us to learn more! 

In advance of this session, you may find it helpful to review the range of resources available through the Career Center.

We invite you to submit questions with your registration or email to auparent@american.edu.

Registration will open when we confirm the event date. 

American University Students abroad

Tuesday, February 22 | 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. EST

Studying abroad can be a transformative experience on so many levels. Between picking the “right” program and thriving in a new culture, it seems like there are countless decisions to make and consequences to consider. Join us for this session to hear from the AU Abroad Director, Mark Hayes and the team to talk through how you can help your student choose a program, finance their studies, and access health and student services while overseas.

Before participating in this session, you may find it helpful to visit the AU Abroad website.

We invite you to submit questions with your registration or email to auparent@american.edu.

Register for AU Abroad: A webinar for families

FAFSA form

Thursday, March 3 | 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. EST

In this session, we'll walk through the key elements of the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) with AU's own Shirleyne McDonald, Associate Director of Financial Aid. This session will focus on need-based (not merit-based) aid and is best suited for parents/sponsors of undergraduate students.

Before participating in this session, you may find it helpful to visit the FAFSA website. We invite you to submit questions with your registration or email to auparent@american.edu.

Please note: Questions that are specific to your student's financial situation are best addressed directly with their financial aid counselor.

Register for Filling out the FAFSA.

Join us in this brand new family webinar to learn more about opportunities for undergraduates to engage in research. We'll talk with famlies about how and when students can plan to take advantage of these options. Stay tuned for details!