Family Weekend and news from campus

Marvin Chun, Dean of Yale College

October 10, 2017

Dear parents and guardians of students in Yale College,

In my new role as dean, I was so glad to meet many of you during move-in weekend, and since then I have heard from many of you about the positive experiences your sons and daughters are enjoying at Yale. In my many meetings with students, I have been so impressed by their remarkable energy, accomplishments, and ideas, just as you have. 

I have also spent much of this semester cutting ribbons here on campus, and if you plan to be in New Haven for Family Weekend, which runs from November 3 to November 5, I hope that you will be able to visit some of the student spaces that have recently opened. Whether or not you plan to be here, let me tell you a little about those openings, and for those of you who will be in town, let me also give you some information about the events planned for Family Weekend, which by the way I will be attending both as a host and a parent myself: my daughter is a member of the class of 2021.

The semester started with the dedication of the newly renamed Grace Hopper College, and in the weeks that followed, a flurry of ceremonies marked the openings of important hubs of instruction and student life: the Center for Teaching and Learning, the LGBTQ Center, and the Greenberg Engineering Teaching Concourse were among them, and one more ceremony is coming at the end of October for the newly expanded and renamed Center for Collaborative Arts and Media. And just last week, Benjamin Franklin and Pauli Murray, Yale’s two new residential colleges, were officially dedicated, capping a project over a decade in the making and marking a new era as Yale College expands its student body, its faculty, and even its curriculum with two new majors, one in statistics and data science, and another in neuroscience.

Family Weekend will give you a chance to visit these spaces and learn more about these expansions. It is also a great opportunity to see the rest of campus, enjoy the city of New Haven, and attend lectures, panels, athletic events, and student performances. The best way to stay informed of all the scheduled events is to visit the Family Weekend website, or to install the CrowdCompass Attendee Hub app on your mobile device and load the Family Weekend 2017 schedule. You can find the app here, for iOS devices, and here, for Android devices.

Here are some highlights:

  • Athletic events and student performances are scheduled for both Friday and Saturday.

  • On Friday, you can attend faculty lectures and student life panels.

  • On Saturday, you can attend a talk with President Salovey and me, a family barbecue, and receptions in the residential colleges.

  • On Sunday, you can visit exhibits around campus. Most families leave by late Sunday morning.

Let me end with a note of housekeeping: if other parents or guardians should be receiving messages like this one, please ask your daughter or son to include the necessary email addresses in her or his records. Students are the only ones who can revise their records this way.

I am eager to meet more of you during Family Weekend, and in the months and years ahead. Whether or not you plan to be in New Haven this November, I send you my best wishes from campus.


Marvin Chun
Dean of Yale College
Richard M. Colgate Professor of Psychology; Neuroscience; Cognitive Science