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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 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 parents@ucsd.edu.

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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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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.