Bruin Family Insights is a monthly virtual discussion series focused on topics parents and family members want to know about the most. These virtual discussions will provide parents the opportunity to virtually interact with UCLA community members including students, staff, faculty, and administrators, and discuss topics of mutual interest or concern. Parents have the opportunity to participate in the virtual discussion as active viewers by submitting questions prior to each event or during the live event itself. 

Current Schedule



Register here for our next virtual discussion, Understanding Your Student’s Summer Opportunities, happening on Wednesday, Mar. 21 at 5 p.m. PST.

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Virtual Discussion Archive

Winter 2018

Feb. 15, 2018 The Best We Could Do: A Common Book Discussion

UCLA’s 2017-18 Common Book, “The Best We Could Do” by Thi Bui, follows Bui’s journey with her family from Vietnam during the 1970s. Bui’s gripping graphic novel explores the anguish of immigration and the lasting effects that displacement has on a child and her family. Join Parent & Family Programs and our panelists as we explore the book’s themes including parenting, immigration and intergenerational conflict and how these themes are woven into the UCLA community and student experience. Discussion includes the UCLA Common Book program, its history within and beyond campus and its role in developing students as global citizens.

Jan. 18, 2018 A Chat with the Dean for Students 

The UCLA Office of the Dean of Students strives to serve as a portal to understanding the UCLA experience and is committed to the personal and intellectual growth and development of UCLA students. Units under the dean’s office include the ADA/504 Compliance Office, the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life, the LGBT Resource Center, Parent & Family Programs and Student Legal Services. Join UCLA Dean for Students, Dr. Maria Blandizzi, as she answers your questions about student and family life and the current campus climate at UCLA.

Fall 2017

Dec. 13, 2017 Communicating with Your Student During Winter Break

Navigating evolving relationship dynamics with your college student can feel strenuous, particularly when they return home for extended breaks. Expectation shifts, increased student independence, and overall emerging adulthood often require new approaches to communication. Join us and our panelists for this YouTube Live event as we discuss strategies for engaging with your student when they return home, and communicating from a distance – whether they are unable to come home for the break or after they head back to campus.

Nov. 6, 2017 – Addressing Mental Health & Holistic Wellness With Your Student

College campuses across the nation are continually working to support students experiencing mental health issues. As students navigate significant academic, social, and professional stressors, it is important to understand how they may be affected and how you as their support network can help them thrive. Join us and our panelists for this YouTube Live event as we discuss college student mental health and holistic wellness, and how you can navigate these challenges alongside your student.

Some of the resources referenced in the discussion can be found here:

Oct. 16, 2017 – Keeping Up with Bruin Traditions

UCLA’s nearly 100-year history is filled with Bruin spirit and wonderful traditions. During this virtual discussion we will explore major traditions and events on campus, and the various campus entities who work to keep these examples of Bruin pride alive. Get to know UCLA and get in touch with your inner Bruin!

This virtual discussion references UCLA’s upcoming centennial celebration and the launch event for the university’s centennial campaign in 2014. View the spectacular centennial launch here

Sept. 27, 2017 – Is My Student Safe? Understanding Campus Safety & Security

As a parent or guardian, campus safety and security are prominent concerns when your student is away at college. In the wake of recent campus emergencies across the country, it is important to know what resources are available to both you and your student and have a foundational understanding of what UCLA is doing to keep the community safe. Join us and our panelists for this YouTube Live event as we discuss safety and security efforts and resources at UCLA.

Sept. 13, 2017 – Going Greek: What to Know About Fraternity & Sorority Life at UCLA

Understanding and supporting your student’s Greek experience can seem challenging if you are not familiar with the system, traditions or terminology. In addition, the media has in many ways created a narrative focused only on certain aspects of fraternity and sorority life that perpetuate a narrow understanding of what it means to be Greek. Join us and our panelists for this live virtual discussion as we explore the ins-and-outs of fraternity and sorority life at UCLA and the benefits of becoming involved in a Greek organization.

We received many questions regarding hazing for this virtual discussion. For more information on UCLA’s policies on hazing, please visit the UCLA Student Code of Conduct, Section 102.12 (page 14). 

Aug. 24, 2017 – Transitioning to UCLA

The transition to college can be overwhelming not only for students, but also for their support system(s). Understanding resources available to you and your student during this time can help alleviate anxiety and improve communication with your student. Join us and this month’s panelists as we discuss the transition to college and how you can best support your student.

2016 – 2017

Feb. 23, 2017 – Building Strong Connections Among Student & Faculty

Students can greatly benefit, both professionally and academically, from developing strong relationships with professors throughout their undergraduate career. Faculty, student and parent panelists share how.

Oct. 26, 2016 Fostering a Diverse & Inclusive Bruin Community

Dr. LT Rease-Miles and Patricia Chau Nguyen share resources available students acclimate to UCLA.

May 12, 2016 – Preparing for Life After UCLA

Whether your student has their sights set on landing their dream job or starting a graduate program, UCLA has resources to assist them in this process.

Feb. 10, 2016 – Meet the Dean of Students

UCLA Dean of Students, Maria Blandizzi, provides and introduction and overview of how her office supports student and their families.