Although we are unable to host our annual Family Weekend this semester, New Student and Family Programs is please to offer the Family Symposium, Oct. 20-22.  This series of virtual programs and presentations, will provide updates, information and resources for you to support your student.  Please check back often for schedule additions and/or changes. 


Tuesday, Oct. 20

4pm - SMC Parent to Parent

Moderated by Dean of Students, Dr. Evette Castillo Clark, Saint Mary's faculty and staff share their experiences and advice in being the parent of a SMC student. 


  • Dr. Sheila Hassel Hughes, Dean of the School of Liberal Arts
  • Marty Storti, Executive Director of Recreation and Engagment
  • Dr. Dai To, Executive Director of Wellness/Director of Counseling & Psychological Services

6pm - Dynamics of Relationship Violence - Zoom Link

Facilitated by Megan Gallagher, Director of Campus Assault Response and Education (CARE), students and families can increase their awareness of relationship violence, cycles and community resources.  Presented by STAND! For Families Free of Violence, a nonprofit domestic violence agency in Contra Costa County.

7pm - Student Rights and Responsibilities

Ths interactive session will help in understanding FERPA, HIPPA, student resposonsibilites and student privacy.


  • Jou Chou, Registrar
  • Dr. Evette Castillo Clark, Dean of Students
  • Rachel Snowden, Medical Director/Director of the  Health & Wellness Center

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Wednesday, Oct. 21

4pm - Helping Your Student Make the Grade:  Review of Tutoring & Library Services at SMC

Learn more about the plethora of support services available to all undergraduate students including tutoring, the Library, STEM Center and more!


  • Natacha Cesar-Davis, Director of STEM Center
  • Dr. Mike Hoffshire, Director of Student Engagement and Academic Success
  • Collin Pugh, Coordinator of Tutorial and Academic Skills Center
  • Joshua Rose, Instructional Technology and Subject Specialist Librarian
  • Joseph Zeccardi, Associate Director of the Center for Writing Across the Curriculum

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7pm - College & COVID Updates

Get the latest updates about the College and its response to COVID, including what to expect for Jan Term and Spring Term.


  • Dr. Corey Cook, Vice Provost for Academic Programs and Planning
  • Dr. Evette Castillo Clark, Dean of Students
  • Jim Sciuto, Associate Dean of Students

8pm - A Day in the Life of a Gael

Student leaders share their experiences with remote and in-person learning and ways in which they stay connected to campus.

Thursday, Oct. 22

5pm - The History of SMC

Take a walk into the past to hear about the beginning of Saint Mary's College in San Francisco, the brief time in Oakland and the move to Moraga.   Through storytelling and humor, Christian Brothers will share highlights of SMC's 157 year history.


  • Brother Christopher Brady, FSC
  • Brother David Caretti, FSC, Ed.D.

6pm - Student Disability Services

The Director of Student Disability Services, Julie Scaff, provides information and resources for your student to learn in a virtual format.

7pm - Career and Professional Development Services

Beverly McLean, Director of Career and Professional Development Services, provides updates on programs and services available for career planning and internships, including information on virtual job fairs.

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8pm - Theatre Production Dance Nation, Livestreamed from LeFevre Theatre

Guest artist Daniel Larlham directs this fierce, funny new play about girlhood, ambition and desire. In DANCE NATION, a middle-school dance team prepares for national competition under the watchful eyes of their coach. Friendships are tested and failures bring growth, as team-mates compete for the spotlight and claim their budding power. For more info and to purchase tickets, view

*Final Schedule subject to change