Parents’ Weekend becomes Family Weekend

Family Weekend
The popular Parents’ Weekend is changing its name to Family Weekend. (Photo by L.A. Cicero)

The name of the popular Parents’ Weekend is changing to Family Weekend to better reflect Stanford’s commitment to welcoming those who support and nurture students, whether they are parents, stepparents, guardians, grandparents, aunts and uncles, siblings or others.

The event, traditionally held the last full weekend in February, gives family members a chance to learn more about life at Stanford, both inside and outside the classroom. The weekend generally includes classes taught by faculty and senior administrators, campus tours, open houses at departments and offices that serve students and an Entertainment Extravaganza sponsored by the Parents’ Club that features student performance groups. This coming year, the event is Feb. 24 and 25.

The event has generally drawn more than 3,000 family members. The university is hoping family groups will limit themselves to no more than four visitors in recognition of campus space constraints.

The name change was proposed to GREG BOARDMAN, vice provost for student affairs, earlier this quarter by NANCI HOWE, director of student activities and leadership, and DERECA LYNN BLACKMON, director of the diversity and first-gen office.

In their proposal, the two wrote, “We know that not all our undergraduate students come from families that include parents that are active in their lives. Some may not have parents. Some may not have close relationships with parents. Some may not have parents that are able to easily travel to Stanford; whether they have work or family commitments, are ill or in the military.”

They argued, “The name ‘Parents’ Weekend’ no longer accurately reflects the lives our undergraduate students live. Changing the name to ‘Family Weekend’ better reflects Stanford’s strong commitment to inclusivity and our desire to welcome all our students and the way they define their family; be it as grandparents, aunts or uncles, siblings or other individuals significant in their lives.”

Read more about Family Weekend.