PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Members of more than 2,700 families of current Brown University students, from as far away as Japan and Lithuania and as close as Providence and Cranston, gathered on College Hill from Oct. 15 to 17 for a weekend of talks, tours, sporting events, concerts and more.
The annual fall Family Weekend tradition gives parents and loved ones a chance to experience life at Brown both inside the classroom and out — from learning how the Open Curriculum shapes each student’s academic journey, to witnessing the artistic expression of orchestras and a capella groups, to participating in WaterFire, Providence’s one-of-a-kind urban experience and the brainchild of a Brown alumnus.
In welcoming attendees to campus, Brown President Christina H. Paxson said she hoped parents and family members would find that their students are becoming firmly immersed in the life of the University.
“We've had so much disruption over the past year and a half, I think it's especially important now that all students feel a sense of ownership at Brown,” Paxson said in a Friday evening outdoor address on Simmons Quad. “No matter what their path was to get here, Brown is their university. They have a stake not only in their own social and intellectual development, but in the success of everybody in this community.”
Paxson added that she hopes students will take full advantage of the myriad opportunities Brown offers to engage both on campus and well beyond the Van Wickle Gates: “I am constantly astonished by the goodness of this community,” she said. “And it starts with our students — your children — joining with faculty and administrators to create the caring and collaborative environment we want.”