Greetings UCLA parents and families:

Summer is quickly approaching! This year we had parent and family volunteers everywhere; our Parents’ Council members and Parent & Family Association Volunteers participated in over 100 different UCLA events both on and off-campus. If you are looking to get more involved with Parent & Family Programs in the coming year, applications have opened for the 2015-16 Parents’ Council and we invite you to check out the many ways to connect with UCLA and other Bruin Parents.

In this issue of the Bruinlink our contributors have addressed a variety of topics you may be considering as your family enters the summer months. Find out more about the amazing work of UCLA students over the summer at Camp Kesem, a camp for children whose parents are/have battled cancer. If you student is considering moving off campus, here are some considerations and questions to think about. Additionally, two fathers share how their volunteerism at UCLA has made an impact.

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Parent & Family Programs Staff

The Seniors are gearing up for graduation, underclassmen are making their summer plans, and UCLA departments are getting ready to welcome and orient a new class of Bruins to the campus!


Parent & Family Matters

apartment lease - For websiteThe Housing Dilemma

live on or off-campus is the question that every college student must answer. Both options have their advantages and disadvantages, so it is important for you and your student to weigh the options before making a final decision. To help your student choose, here are some items to consider.

Kesem_atcamp - for websiteUCLA's Camp Kesem

Students are taking a leadership role and creating some summer fun for campers at UCLA's Camp Kesem, which supports children through and beyond their parent's cancer. Co-coordinator and UCLA student, Nathalie Dierkx, shares her experience with this influential program.

ParentCouncilParent's Council & Volunteerism

Fred Case and Arthur Nordon are former undergraduate parents and Parents' Council emeriti. Read their analysis of how being involved has created a positive impact not only on their student's college experience but their own parent experience as well. If you are looking to get involved, consider applying to the 2015-2016 Parents' Council!