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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.

Ask a Triton Parent & Family Ambassador! Prospective and new 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.

Email to request to speak to an Ambassador and the nature of your question. Your questions may vary and include: 1) What is it like for you as a parent of an out-of-state student? 2) How often do you visit your student? 3) What advise do you have for a first-time parent of a college student? Once we receive your request, we will contact the Ambassador first to confirm their availability. Below is a list of ambassadors you can speak with based on their region, student's major, college and other notes.

City and State Student's Major/Minor College Note
Saratoga, CA Biology John Muir College  
Irvine, CA Computer Engineering Earl Warren College Speaks Hindi
Tangerang, Indonesia Economics Sixth College Speaks Indonesian
Hong Kong Biology  John Muir College  
Englefield Green, Egham Political Science Eleanor Roosevelt College  
Los Altos, CA Mechanical Engineering/Photography Earl Warren College Parent of 2015 Grad
Not Listed Chemical Engineering Earl Warren College Speaks Korean
Boise, Idahao Chemical Engineering Eleanor Roosevelt College  
Dallas, Texas Cognitive Science Sixth College  
Not Listed Bio Chemistry and Cell Biology Earl Warren College Speaks Hindi
Santos, BR Engineering John Muir College  
Cerritos, CA BioEngineering Revelle College  

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