Volunteer Opportunities

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 Fellow USD Parents,

As President of the Parents Association Board, I have the privilege to write this letter welcoming you and your student to the University of San Diego as you each become members of the Torero family. Whether your son or daughter is transferring in, or entering as a first-year student, this is a new beginning for them…and for you.

My daughter Lauren is entering her senior year. It went all too fast… (Like many of our children’s milestone events seem to). I can’t stress enough my encouragement to each of you to enjoy these milestone moments together!

The drop-off…their first night in their residence hall with new roommates, making new friends with their classmates …your first call/Skype/text message to check-in, or their first classes, tests, grades, and more! This is a time of sharing but letting them go…and… letting them grow.

One such milestone event occurred last year with Lauren. The highlight of her third year was Lauren’s semester studying abroad. With the classes available abroad, she selected Oxford, England. Now, it is one thing to travel abroad as a family for a few days here or there, but to LIVE in and immerse yourself into the experience of a community abroad is an outstanding educational experience beyond the classroom. IF your child expresses interest, encourage them to go! If they don’t yet know, raise it as a possibility. They will be forever changed and grateful. Lauren made lasting friends with other study abroad students and two of her friends from the Netherlands will be arriving for a summer visit / holiday to spend time here.

If I failed to mention the Parents Association, I would be missing another exciting opportunity to share in key events at USD. The investments in both the students and the USD community that our Parent Board and Parent Ambassadors make annually are incredible. All of these not only benefit our children but build a stronger USD brand for their life-long learning and connections after graduation. Just as your child has the opportunity to choose how little or how much to get involved on campus, you also have a unique opportunity to be simultaneously involved at USD (without being intrusive to their student life)!

Whether you live near San Diego, or reside elsewhere like many of our parent volunteers, I want to personally invite you to learn how we make an impact for USD and what fun we have doing so! Whether it’s offering an internship opportunity to a USD student, sitting on a career panel, participating in a community service project, volunteering at an on-or off-campus event or supporting a scholarship, we hope you will dive-in and be a participant and a contributor to this special community of Torero Parents.

Even if you are dedicated to your own alma mater, or perhaps are entrenched in your profession or business endeavors, I encourage you to adopt USD as “your family university.” Participate as a family. Participate as an individual. The choice is yours. There are plenty of opportunities for you to become engaged in the environment where our sons and daughters are growing and focusing on what is next. Why not be a part of that? I would love to meet you during move-in weekend and talk with you about getting involved.


Paul Riley P'17
Parents Association Board

Currently, the USD Parent Corps is conducting its third annual USD Parent Corps Care project, a back pack drive to benefit low income students at Montgomery Middle School in Linda Vista. Many of these students bring their books and supplies to school in plastic grocery bags. Our goal is to help 200 students by providing them slightly used or new backpacks for the school year. If you are interested in donating backpacks or would like more information about the drive, please contact USD's Office of Parent Relations at (619) 260-4808 or parents@sandiego.edu

Your help is greatly appreciated!

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Parent Ambassadors

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. Learn more about volunteering as Parent Ambassadors. View the sign up to become a Parent Ambassador. Parents of alumni are welcome and encouraged to join.