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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!

Sometimes, a parent just needs to talk to another parent to broaden their perspective. As such, prospective and new parents who wish to learn "the ropes" from a parent serving as an Ambassador for the Office of Parent & Family Programs, can request for such a contact. Our Ambassadors are "experts" of their own UC San Diego experience and are informed of their student's experience. This one-on-one connection may help to better understand the university and expand your knowledge of campus resources. Please regard this connection as a resource.

  • Fill out the form to tell us more about what you need.
  • Once we receive your request, we will contact an Ambassador that best matches your needs and 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 (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.