The Office of Parent Relations advises a Parents Association Board. The board meets three times a year and exists to integrate parents into the university community by mobilizing them to volunteer their talents and abilities, to contribute financially, and to join other parents, students and university personnel in helping to create an educational environment consistent with the mission statement of USD.
Dear USD Parents,
On behalf of the Parents Association Board, it is our privilege to welcome you and your student to the University of San Diego, and into the Torero family! We congratulate you and your student in succeeding in the journey of college selection and we’d like to share with you our excitement and experience as fellow Torero parents.
Our daughter, Shayna Marie took a circuitous route to the University of San Diego via Boston University. Choosing to study at USD was one of the paramount decisions she made as a young adult. From the moment we attended our “Summer Send Off” and were embraced by the warmth and approachability of the staff from the Parent Relations Office, Renda Quinn and Allen Baytop, we sensed we had found a “home” not only for our daughter, but for ourselves as well.
One of our hopes when Shayna enrolled at USD was that we may have opportunities to share in her experience of college life without encroaching upon her space and new-found independence. We participated in a multitude of events sponsored by the university encouraging family involvement. We participated in Move-In Weekend, Homecoming and Family Weekend, Grandparents’ Weekend and, as a family, we attended Summer Send Offs to share our enchantment of USD. We have been lucky enough to attend special events hosted by USD such as the appearance of the Dali Lama and we have been privileged to meet and forge new friendships with families whom, like us, have embraced the USD experience.
Joining the Parent Board afforded us additional opportunities to assimilate USD as our family university. We were honored to be invited to dinner with President Mary E. Lyons, we participated in USD Parent Corps projects to give back to the San Diego community; we assisted in reaching out to parents of all new incoming freshman and transfer students to ensure a positive transition to USD and we aided in raising funds for students in need of assistance to graduate.
If you wish to continue creating memories with your child, we encourage you to become involved as a parent. Whether you live near or far, whether you are dedicated to your alma mater or not, whether you are entrenched in your profession or business endeavors or whether you would like to meet like-minded families and build new friendships, we urge you to adopt USD as “your family university”. Participate as a family or as an individual; the choice is yours. The opportunities abound for you to become engaged in the environment where your child is developing. Share in the learning experience of your child and enhance this chapter of their lives by joining in and becoming a part of the USD sphere. We are a University of San Diego family and we continue to be enriched by the encounter. We look forward to making your acquaintance and generating new experiences and life long memories.
Roy and Rehanna P’14
Parents Association Board
The Office of Parent Relations coordinates a national parent volunteer program. Parents may volunteer to serve as a USD Parent Ambassador to the university by assisting with Parent Relations, Admissions, and regional events. Parents and families of USD students serve as parent ambassadors (or volunteers) and have the opportunity to participate in the Parent Ambassador program. It’s a great opportunity to become involved with USD, meet other parents/families, further connect with your student’s college experience, and simply enjoy your status as a USD Torero parent. Click here to learn about volunteering as Parent Ambassadors. View the sign up to become a Parent Amabssador. Parents of alumni are welcome and encouraged to join.
FAQs about joining the Parent Ambassador Program
Why should I get involved with the Parent Ambassador Program?
As an ambassador, you will become increasingly knowledgeable about USD and be equipped with tools and resources that will assist new incoming parents/families during the transition to USD. It is also an opportunity to become a part of the USD community.
What is the level of commitment to be involved in the Parent Ambassador Program?
A minimum of a one-year commitment as Parent Ambassadors which include meetings, training and volunteering for events. While meetings are not mandatory, they are highly encouraged.
What are some examples of volunteer opportunities?
Here are a few examples of volunteer opportunities:
- Fall Semester: Assist with events such as OLÉ! Weekend and Transfer Fall Orientation (Parent Orientation), Homecoming & Family Weekend, College Fairs or Email Outreach Campaign.
- Spring Semester: Assist with events such as Grandparents' Weekend or help make Congratulatory Calls for the Admissions Office.
- Summer Semester: Host a Summer Send Off in your town or volunteer as a panelist.