Parents & Family Weekend

2020 Archives

We hope you enjoy exploring the archives from our Virtual Parents & Family Weekend 2020.

This year's event offered the opportunity to learn from esteemed faculty, hear from campus leaders, and explore the Gaucho experience from home. Because we are following the required guidelines, all 2020 events were presented exclusively online.

Live Events

Live Event

11:00 AM | Friday, November 6

Applying Ocean Science to Improve Ocean Health

Professor Douglas McCauley shares how campus researchers are applying ocean research to pioneer new techniques to improve and restore ocean health.

Live Event

1:30 PM | Friday, November 6

Gaucho Trivia!

Sponsored by the Campus Store, test your knowledge of our beautiful campus and UC System with fun facts and its unique history.

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3:00 PM | Friday, November 6

Using Virtual Reality to Connect Dementia Patients with Family Members

Dr. Tamara Afifi shares research that shows how the use of virtual reality (VR) can create shared experiences between older adults with varying levels of dementia and their family members who are geographically distanced. Dr. Afifi also shows how using VR can provide a solution to the social isolation resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Live Event

12:00 PM | Friday, November 6

Table Top Shakespeare: Troilus and Cressida

Arts & Lectures presents a condensed version, comically and intimately retelling Shakespeare's plays, using everyday objects as characters on a stage made from a table top.



Live Event

1:00 PM | Friday, November 6

Awareness & Activism Mindfulness Meditation Practice (MMP)

The current political climate can easily add stress and anxiety to an already challenging student schedule. Join us in an inspiring space of solidarity, presented by Health & Wellness. To join future events like this, visit the Health & Wellness website.

Live Event

4:00 PM | Friday, November 6

CCS Lounge: Jazz It Up with the CCS Dean

Dean Gerardo Aldana discusses his vision to create transformational experiences in learning, research, and outreach to inspire current and future generations of students. Joining Dean Aldana for this lively discussion are distinguished panelists representing students, alumni, parents, faculty, and staff.

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students talking at the SRB

2:00 PM | Friday, November 6

36 Questions to Make Friends

Due to the interactive nature of this event, a replay is not available. For more free events like this, please visit the Health & Wellness website.

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Table-top Shakespeare

5:00 PM | Friday, November 6

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Septet with Wynton Marsalis: The Sounds of Democracy

Due to the contract with the artist, this event is not available for replay. For more free events like this, please visit the Arts & Lectures website.

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7:30 PM | Friday, November 6

Arriba Mexico: Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéllar

Due to the contract with the artist, this event is not available for replay. For more free events like this, please visit the Multicultural Center website.

Live event

2:00 PM | Saturday, November 7

Mindfulness Meditation

Health & Wellness presents certified meditation facilitator, Joanna Hill, as she teaches the basics of Mindfulness Meditation which can help reduce and manage stress, as well as improve memory and focus. No particular experience or beliefs necessary.

Live event

4:00 PM | Saturday, November 7

Alumni Presents Profs at Your Pub: The Anna Blake School 

History lecturer, Sarah Case shares the story behind the 1890s forerunner of UCSB and what Santa Barbara's reformers thought about the intersection of education, the manual arts and social mobility as well as what the implications were for today's higher education.

Live Event

11:00 AM | Saturday, November 7

Piano Studio Class with Professor Charles Asche

Experience a Piano Studio Class and enjoy the music of graduate student Ching-Yun Chen as she focuses on the musical collections of J.S. Bach.

Live Event

12:00 PM | Saturday, November 7

Table Top Shakespeare: As You  Like It

Arts & Lectures presents a condensed version, comically and intimately retelling Shakespeare's plays, using everyday objects as characters on a stage made from a table top.

Live Event

1:00 PM | Saturday, November 7

Discovering 50 Great Public Land Destinations

Environmental Studies lecturer, Deborah Williams, discusses a fun, and informative website while also exploring personal and societal benefits of our public lands and waters.

Live Event

11:00 AM | Saturday, November 7

Creando Conexiones, Fortaleciendo a la Comunidad

Taller para families y estudiantes en Español
Este taller les ofrecerá temas candentes y recursos para apoyar a las familias de los estudiantes universitarios . Aprenda a crear conexiones positivas con estudiantes , familias, y profesores.

Live Event

12:00 PM | Saturday, November 7

Black Family Weekend: Building Bridges & Fostering Community

This workshop consists of hot topics and resources to support families of Black college students.

Live Event

12:45 PM | Saturday, November 7

Black Staff, Students, and Family Virtual Mixer

Listen in as we celebrate the rich culture of the Black community at UCSB in a relaxed setting.

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Message from the Chancellor

Chancellor Henry T. Yang extends a virtual welcome to Parents & Family Weekend 2020.

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Let's Play, Professor! Exploring Environmental Games

Join Professor Alenda Chang (Film and Media Studies) for an introduction to environmental media studies and a whirlwind playthrough of games submitted to the 2020 IndieCade Climate Jam. 

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Script to Screen: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Screenwriter, actor, and executive producer of the film "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood," UC Santa Barbara alumnus Noah Harpster joins moderator Matt Ryan for a post-screening discussion, presented by the Carsey Wolf Center. 

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Rallying Community Resources for COVID-19 Solutions

David Bothman, Principal Development Engineer and Lab Manager of the California NanoSystems Institute- CNSI's Innovation Lab leads a tour through the workshop to demonstrate how community and university scientists and engineers sidelined their own work to support the community through the crisis.

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UC Alma Mater Performed by Naked Voices

Student organization, Naked Voices, is UC Santa Barbara’s premier, competitive, co-ed a cappella group.

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Vegetarian Tomatillo Verde Pozole

Catering Chef, Harley Hall prepares a healthy and easy dish, that doesn't require any specialized kitchen equipment, pozole can be made with almost any kitchen set up and is great as leftovers.

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Message from the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs

Vice Chancellor Margaret Klawunn extends a virtual welcome to Parents & Family Weekend 2020.

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Barracks into Buildings

Explore the architectural history of campus and learn about the past, present, and the future of UC Santa Barbara on this virtual tour of campus with retired Associate Campus Architect, Dennis Whelan. 

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A Campus Favorite: The Breakfast Burrito

Carrillo Dining Commons Production Manager, Brian Smith prepares a hearty, simple dish which can be customized from carnivorous to vegan. Inexpensive, simple, and easy to incorporate leftovers, breakfast burritos are easy to freeze and microwave on the go.

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Welcome to the Gaucho Parent Family!

Hear from fellow Gaucho parents, Terrence and Georgina Yacap, about how to make the most of your time as a UCSB parent. They are the proud parents to two Gauchos, Victoria '18 and Sophia '21, and they serve on the Orange County Regional Leadership Committee for UC Santa Barbara.

More to Explore | Spotlights around Campus

Snowy Plover Rescue

What makes Coal Oil Point Reserve so special? It has one of the very few remaining populations on the Pacific Coast of the Western Snowy Plover. Learn about the partnership with the Santa Barbara Zoo to rescue, hatch, and release in an effort to maintain and protect this endangered species. 

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Economic Forecast Project

The EFP Informs webinar series provides information about COVID-19 and its observed (and expected) effects on Santa Barbara County with participation by various sector leaders. The Economic Forecast Project is a community sponsored research department. 

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Gaucho Parents

As a parent or family member of a UC Santa Barbara student, you are part of Gaucho Parents. Becoming knowledgeable about campus services and learning about the UCSB way of life will make you a valuable partner in your student's education. Welcome!

Career Services

Career Services presents its new industry-leading website that revolutionizes UCSB student career development. It provides instant 24/7 entry into a world of career information and services with increased availability.

Educational Opportunity Program

EOP is committed to providing support and information that validates each student's experience and nurtures a sense of participation, belonging and empowerment. Join us to view a Student Activist tour which visits historical UCSB buildings and recounts the events that have helped empower students of color and underrepresented individuals.

The American Presidency Project

The American Presidency Project (APP) is the source of presidential documents on the internet. The APP was launched in 1999 when then-graduate student Gerhard Peters joined with Professor John Woolley to develop resources for students taking Political Science 157, The American Presidency.

UC Santa Barbara Library

While exhibits at the library are physically closed, the exhibition spotlight provides an online experience that is full of inspiration, highlighting featured content from our special research collections and also a student created exhibition.

UC Santa Barbara Library Exhibition Spotlight

Table Top Shakespeare: At Home

Complete Works performers create condensed versions of all of the Shakespeare plays, comically and intimately retelling them, using a collection of everyday objects as stand-ins for the characters on a stage made from a table top. Presented by UC Santa Barbara Arts & Lectures.

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Theatre / Dance Digital Performances

Producing more events in the fall quarter of 2020-2021 than in a regular school year, Theater / Dance is excited to share all digital performances to the campus community for free.

Art Design & Architecture Museum

While the AD&A Museum is closed at this time, a number of exhibits are presented online for a virtual experience. Additional events are planned for the upcoming year as well with highlights available now.

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