American University Alumni Relations A newsletter for parents and families

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vice president, campus life and inclusive excellence

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It’s hard to believe we’re in week four! It’s wonderful to walk the campus, talk with students, and hear how much it means to them to be exploring their interests in person, in a community of peers. We’re fortunate to be a registered arboretum and to have so many beautiful outdoor spaces where students can study, connect with each other, refresh their spirits, and take time to relax and play even as the semester picks up steam academically. Already there have been outdoor movies, games, a Fall fair, food trucks with DC’s multicultural cuisine, and showcases in the quad featuring many student-led clubs and organizations. You will be able to get a sense of how lively and engaged our community is during Family Week, whether you join us in person or online. I look forward to welcoming many of you to our events next week!


Dates, deadlines, and reminders

Job and internship fair is September 23

9/17 Last day to apply for a waiver of the AU Health Insurance 

9/23 The Fall 2021 Job & Internship Fair is online in the Handshake app

10/1  FAFSA opens, students must fill out the FAFSA annually to be considered for need-based aid 

10/1 - 10/3 Family Weekend in person activities

10/15 Fall Break (one day); no classes, university offices and residence halls remain open

10/31 Last day for students to apply for fall graduation

11/23 Tuesday classes cancelled; Friday classes meet instead

11/24 - 11/28 Thanksgiving holiday; no classes, university offices closed on Thursday and Friday

The fall 2021 final exam schedule is now posted. Please consult wtih your student before finalizing end of semester travel.

Event Calendar Make a Gift AU News

Family week: September 29 - October 6

AU Family Week Sept 29 to Oct 6

This year, we are excited to be offering a series of online and in-person programs and events to celebrate Family Week from September 29 through October 6. We welcome you to visit your student and our campus community in-person October 1-3.  While we continue to incorporate heightened health and safety precautions into our planning, we will not be planning large in-person events on campus this year. 

Be sure to join us online on Monday, October 4 from 7 - 8 p.m. EDT as President Burwell joins us live for "In a Moment of Change, AU Leads the Way Forward," a live conversation with our families. 


Did you know we have a website with curated content just for our AU parents and families? Find quick links to campus services and offices, find key dates and deadlines, explore area hotels, browse our webinar recordings and more!


First-and-second-year students explore DC

Explore DC

As part of Explore DC, students visited historic sites and performed a day of service with AU community partners during the weeklong immersive learning opportunity held as part of All-American Welcome. It’s the 30th year of this university tradition that included first-year students and second-year students who did not get to participate in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

School of Education helping educators navigate the impact of covid-19

Suzanne Firstenberg exhibit

American University and In America: Remember artist Suzanne Brennan Firstenberg collaborated on new online educational resources designed to help teachers and students around the country to understand, process and express the magnitude of the pandemic and its impact on them, their communities, the nation and the world. The curriculum, available for download, is built around Firstenberg’s art exhibition In America: Remember, which will honor and personalize our collective loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

SIS launches new graduate certificate in social innovation for global impact

group discussion

SIS's new certificate program focuses on social innovation with a special emphasis on human rights, peacekeeping, governance, and international development—equipping students with the knowledge and skills to apply techniques of innovation to social change and activism in a global context. As Professor Robert Tomasko explains, students have been expressing a keen interest in "trying to reform the business world and turn capitalism into something that serves society rather than just private wealth... all of these themes come together in the certificate.”



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