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Triton Community Programming Leaders

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The Triton Community Programming Leaders (TCPLs) are a dynamic team of students who are recruited, selected, and hired to work with the Office of Parent & Family Programs. The TCPLs serve a key role in the facilitation of ongoing programmatic efforts by Parent & Family Programs.

Parent & Family Programs views the relationship with our students' parents and families as a partnership - a partnership created to help students be successful. We also believe that "when parents are informed, students benefit." TCPLs help in this endeavor in the following ways:

  • Help families of newly admitted undergraduate students become acquainted with UC San Diego. Address questions students, parents and families have during Triton Day, and International Parent & Family Orientation.

  • Invite families to spend time on campus with their UC San Diego student, learn more about campus life and have fun with annual events, such as Family Weekend and Siblings Day.

  • Communicate with families via the Parents' Helpline, email blasts and social media, and through publications like the website, Triton Family Connection E-Newsletter, Parent Guide, and Triton Transitions Calendar.

Position Responsibilities

  • Serve as team member for the Office of Parent & Family Programs and a representative of UC San Diego.

  • Serve as a knowledgeable resource to parents and families of undergraduate students.

  • Participate in programs and events designed for parents and families of undergraduate students.

  • Work Parent & Family events, such as Family Weekend and Siblings Day and assist with Triton Day.

  • Work up to 70 hours for the Office of Parent & Family Programs during the academic year.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Leadership Team

In addition to the Senior Officer and the Program Coordinator, TCPLs are joined by:

  • Graduate Assistant: A graduate student selected by the Office of Parent & Family Programs geared to fulfill their assistantship hours; gains practical skills working and programming for parents and families of undergraduate students; assists in leading a group of student leaders; assists with assessing overall programming efforts; and more.

  • Student Assistant: An undergraduate student who helps with the overall function of the office and assists the graduate assistant and the program representative.

  • Returning TCPLs: These students  serve as leaders and mentors to TCPLs, share their experience working with the Office of Parent & Family Programs, facilitates activities, and offers suggestions to build team work and morale.

Compensation and Benefits

TCPLs receive a financial compensation of $13.50/hour. Pay is received after hours worked, though students will not be working every week of the year. Most hours will come around each major event, such as Family Weekend in October, Siblings Day in February, and Triton Days in April and May. This schedule means the job is easy to fit into a student workload with predictable busy periods. Student leaders gain valuable leadership, team-building, and organizational skills while giving back to the University; represent UC San Diego to thousands of parents and family members; and receive letters of recommendation for future opportunities.

Application Process and Timeline

To apply for the 2020-2021 TCPL position, please complete the form below and attached your resume to the form. Applications will close on Friday, April 3rd at 12pm noon. If you have questions or concerns, please contact us at parents@ucsd.edu

 

Charlyne Jiang

Charlyne Jiang

Senior Marshall Los Angeles, CA

Why did you choose to become a Triton Community Programming Leader?

Aside from professionalism, teamwork, leadership, and creativity; the most important skill I developed is being an upstanding citizen and acting on what I believe is right.

What aspects of your undergraduate studies have you applied to your position as a Triton Community Programming Leader?

I made a major career switch in my 3rd year, which required a lot of research, planning, self-assessment, and dedication. These skills are extensively applied while organizing, preparing, and reflecting on events at which we work.

Emily Frink

Emily Frink

Senior Warren La Crescenta, CA

Why did you choose to become a Triton Community Programming Leader?

I chose to become a Triton Community Programming Leader because my family has had a tremendous impact in my life especially in the transition from back home to UC San Diego. In college, it can feel like you have two different worlds, one of being at home and the other world at school. And sometimes these worlds can be hard to join. However, I applied to be a Triton Community Programming Leader because I want to help bridge the gap between the two worlds and be a resource for incoming students at UC San Diego.

What skills have you learned from the Triton Community Programming Leader position?

Some of the skills that I have developed and learned are customer service and problem-solving skills. As a Triton Community Programming Leader, I interact with lots of people in a short period of time. Through this position and training, I was taught specific ways on how I can be an active listener and how to use my strengths and skill sets to best be there for parents and families at events. I also gained a deeper understanding of myself and what I can specifically contribute to a team of people.

Kumudra Nyun

Kumudra Nyun

Senior Sixth San Francisco, CA

Why did you choose to become a Triton Community Programming Leader?

I chose to be a Triton Community Programming Leader because I want to share my life as a UC San Diego student. I want to share the adventures I have with friends I made in and outside of the class, the memories I make working on campus, and the experiences I have between learning to live independently and learning to thrive with the knowledge I received in classes I took. I want to welcome the new students to our community and be able to guide them with motivation and support as they start a new chapter of their lives.

What skills have you learned from the Triton Community Programming Leader position?

By being a Triton Community Programming Leader, I learned to be confident in myself. I learned to use my voice to share my opinions that will help us improve within the community. I also learned to be a leader and a team player at the same time because the roles we played might require us to work alone or help each other. Lastly, with the mistakes and the struggles I went through as a Triton Community Programming Leader, I learned to communicate and seek help from my teammates and my advisor. This communication skill is one of the most important life skills I was able to improve on. This is the skill I learned to use when solving problems within school, work, and personal.

Lacey Oneal

Lacey Oneal

Sophomore Muir Modesto, CA

Why did you choose to become a Triton Community Programming Leader?

I know how important family is in the transition from high school to college. All I could think about when I moved in was how much I missed my family, friends and hometown, which I thought I wanted to get away from. I want to help students maintain a healthy relationship with their family because I know, from experience, when all you want is your family and they are not physically here to help, it can feel like you are alone. Hopefully, families and students can see how comfortable UC San Diego is and I would like to help form that healthy transition firsthand to the university.

What skills do you hope to learn from the Triton Community Programming Leader position?

I would love to know more about UC San Diego and all it has to offer, such as events and resource centers. I am looking forward to help people around campus and integrate them into the Triton community.

Mara Casebeer

Mara Casebeer

Sophomore Warren Winchester, MA

Why did you choose to become a Triton Community Programming Leader?

Parents and family members have a huge influence on how a student views a school. I chose to become a Triton Community Programming Leader to help inform and educate parents and family members about our school. I have adored my time at UC San Diego. I want to share my experiences with others as a knowledgeable resource, participant of programs and events run by the Office of Parent and Family Programs, and as a representative for UC San Diego. I know from personal experience that families are flying from across the U.S. or further to attend Homecoming Weekend and Siblings Day, and I want to help make those trips worthwhile. I have found my home at this school, and I want to help other Tritons find their home here as well.

What skills do you hope to learn from the Triton Community Programming Leader position?

I hope to improve my leadership, team-building, and organizational skills while being a Triton Community Programming Leader.

Miheer Modi

Miheer Modi

Senior Revelle Singapore

Why did you choose to become a Triton Community Programming Leader?

I was recommended to this position by my mom. She thought it was a perfect fit with my personality. I read the job description and decided to apply and never looked back. I loved the chance to work with parents and students because I was raised in a very social and outgoing family. Indians by nature are very outgoing and welcoming people and I want to channel my culture and upbringing through an enriching outlet where I could gain experience and help other college bound families. Karina’s ‘Welcome from the Senior Officer’ on our website was also a big decision-making factor as I could resonate with everything she said about parents and how their involvement should extend into college too because students shouldn’t survive, rather they should thrive in this environment.

What aspects of your undergraduate studies have you applied to your position as a Triton Community Programming Leader?

The academic rigor of UC San Diego’s classes has instilled a surprising ability to multitask and to find my own system or structure to allow to me to work as efficiently and effectively as possible. Biochemistry is defined as an interdisciplinary field of study that requires one to make quick connections between biological, chemical and mathematical principles. This training has enabled me to quickly piece together information from training and my own experiences to troubleshoot problems and answer parents’ questions in the manner aligned with quality customer service. It has also taught me to be composed under high-pressure situations.

Nanitzia Cuadras

Nanitzia E. Comparán Cuadras

Transfer, Second Year Muir Tijuana, Mexico

Why did you choose to become a Triton Community Programming Leader?

The reason why I chose to become a Triton Community Programming Leader is because I want to give something back to my community, as a transfer and international student.

What skills do you hope to learn from the Triton Community Programming Leader position?

I would like to gain different skills of leadership and communication with other students.

Taryn Linzmeyer

Taryn Linzmeyer

Senior ERC Fresno, CA

Why did you choose to become a Triton Community Programming Leader?

I chose to be a Triton Community Programming Leader because I love UC San Diego and want to help students and their families feel welcome in the UC San Diego community and have a smooth transition into college life. My family has been a big support system, so I hope to help be a resource to other families on campus using my knowledge as a senior. Over the years, I have taken advantage of lots of resources on campus such as study abroad, tutoring, being involved in student organizations and more. I feel I have lots of experience to share I also love planning and organizing events and so I am excited to assist in the various programs that the Office of Parent and Family Programs puts on.

What skills do you hope to learn from the Triton Community Programming Leader position?

I hope to gain experience working on large-scale projects such as Triton Day, Siblings Day, and Homecoming. Working on a team and interacting with such a diverse student body, I think will be a great professional and personal experience!

Yang Lu

Yang Lu

Senior Thurgood Marshall Alhambra, CA and Shanghai, China

Why did you choose to become a Triton Community Programming Leader?

I wished to serve as a Triton Community Programming Leader because I believe in the tremendous influence that parents and families have in the education of their students. As a first-generation college student from a single-child immigrant family, I often rely on my parents for support in a variety of ways, ranging from financial to emotional matters. I understand that the distance between university and home may be a new and immense challenge for many families, but, speaking from personal experience, I also know that overcoming this obstacle allows families to draw renewed strength from their bonds. As a Triton Community Programming Leader, I hope to share my experiences and help to facilitate the connections between families and students, leading to better college experience outcomes.

What aspects of your undergraduate studies have you applied to your position as a Triton Community Programming Leader?

As a Psychology/Clinical Psychology major, I must be perceptive of the balance between reasonable generalizations and individualized solutions. In class, we are taught clusters of symptoms that are generally applicable for specific disorders; yet, each patient’s profile is different, with an individual set of symptoms and potentially comorbid disorders. As Triton Community Programming Leaders, we are given the training to respond according to protocol; however, we are also leaders in our ability to resolve situations and troubleshoot appropriately for the specific scenario. Across parents, the most common concerns are finances and academic success, but each family might have concerns and questions unique to their background and circumstances.

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