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Triton Parent & Family Ambassador Program

Join the Triton Parent & Family Ambassador Program, a volunteer program geared to enhance your UC San Diego experience. If interested, Triton Parent & Family Ambassadors can also philanthropically get involved with the Parent Leadership Council.

Ask A Parent!

Prospective and incoming parents or family members who wish to learn "the ropes" from a current parent/family serving as an Ambassador, can request for such a contact. Our Ambassadors are "experts" of their own experience and that of their student. This one-on-one connection may help to better understand UC San Diego for you and your student. Please regard this connection as a resource and not as the final answer to your questions.

  • Check out the list (opens as a PDF) to request to speak to a specific ambassador, if you want to.
  • Fill out the form to tell us more about what you need.
  • Once we receive your request, we will contact the Ambassador first to confirm their availability.
  • Please allow up to 48 hours to return your request. If you have questions, contact us at

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Recommended Readings

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Coburn, K. L., & Treeger, M. L. (2003). Letting go: A parents’ guide to understanding the college years.

Jaschick, S. (August 2015). What freshmen know…and don’t know. Inside Higher Ed. Retrieved January 7, 2016 (Opens in PDF)

Levine, M. (2006). The price of privilege: How parental pressure and material advantage are creating a generation of disconnected and unhappy kids. New York, NY: HarperCollins.

Mayer, C. E. (2011). One big happy family. Currents, 37(1), 16-21. (Opens in PDF)

Norris, M. (Spring 2015). The rules of three in Student Support. NASPA Leadership Exchange. (Opens in PDF)

Zeller, W. J. and Mosier, R. (1993). Culture shock and the first-year experience Journal of College and University Student Housing 23(2). (Opens in PDF)

Romano, C. R. & Tsai, A. (Spring 2015). Student feedback guides international initiatives. NASPA Leadership Exchange. (Opens in PDF)

Savage, M. (2009). You're on your own (but I'm here if you need me): Mentoring your child during the college years. Simon and Schuster.

Solko-Olliff, C. (Spring 2015). Overcoming academic struggles. NASPA Leadership Exchange. (Opens in PDF)

Wartman, K. L., & Savage, M. (2008). Parental involvement in Higher Education: Understanding the relationship among students, parents, and the institution. ASHE Higher Education Report, Volume 33, Number 6. ASHE Higher Education Report, 33(6), 1-125.