Our digital parent newsletter is published and distributed via email quarterly. It is designed to inform parents of growing university trends, college student development and their role as a parent of a college student. Articles are contributed by a number of individuals including faculty, staff, students and other parents!

Here you can find links to the current issue, New Family issue, and various other article archives. We also encourage you to share your feedback with us via bruinlink@support.ucla.edu

Current Issue

June 2017 New Family Issue

Highlights from this issue include:

– Welcome Letter from Parents’ Council Co-Chairs Doug and Bernadette Larratt
– Information on applying for the 2017-18 Parents’ Council
– Important summer/fall dates and deadlines
– “Transitioning to College for Families of First-Generation College Students” by Dr. Cynthia L. Alvarez of UCLA First Year Experience

Issue Archive

VOLUME 1    |   2014-15

ISSUE 1 – Volunteer Day 2014; financial aid and scholarships; current parent tips; Greek life

ISSUE 2 – empty nest adjustment; student health resources; student perspective on getting involved; benefits of experiential learning

ISSUE 3 – Coffee Social Day recap; EDGE program; and a student spotlight on finding your ‘niche’

ISSUE 4 – moving off campus; Camp Kesem; ways for parents to get involved on campus

NEW PARENT ISSUE – things to know as you prepare for the Fall Quarter

VOLUME 2   |   2015-16

ISSUE 1 – Move-In Weekend activities; Bruin Resource Center supporting non-traditional students; facts on Greek Life

ISSUE 2 – tips for supporting your student long distance; post-graduate preparation programs; Coffee Social Day

ISSUE 3 – Coffee Social Day recap; student health departments; a graduated student’s reflection on preparing for life post-UCLA

ISSUE 4 – Parents’ Council; Commencement information; information on Summer Sessions

NEW FAMILY ISSUE – Welcome from the Parents’ Council Co-Chairs and information to help your family prepare to transition to college

VOLUME 3   |   2016-17

ISSUE 1 – True Bruin Welcome activities; the GRIT Program; Bruin Family Weekend information

ISSUE 2 – Faculty on the Hill; Coffee Social Day 2017; UCLA’s news outlets

ISSUE 3 – Webinar on building connections with faculty; Coffee Social Day 2017 recap; Commencement 2017 information and planning

ISSUE 4 – Parents’ Council; Commencement 2017 information; PFP Annual Survey; Summer Sessions; UCLA ONE networking

NEW FAMILY ISSUE – Welcome from the Parents’ Council Co-Chairs and information to help your family prepare to transition to college


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.

Building Student-Faculty Connections

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.

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.

Fostering a Diverse & Inclusive Bruin Community

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

Additional Articles