Greetings UCLA parents and families:
As we near the end of the Winter Quarter, Parent and Family Programs hopes you and your student are off to a great start in this new year. January was a busy month preparing for our biggest event of the year, bringing parents and families across the world together for our 5th Annual Coffee Social Day on February 1st . This year we had a new record of 56 locations both nationally and internationally where families came together to share their experiences and create Bruin connections in their local communities!
The Parent & Family Programs staff and our Bruinlink contributors have put together another information-filled issue for your reading pleasure. In this issue of the Bruinlink, Dayna Weintraub provides research findings to support parental communication and positive emotional health among UCLA students. Our Parent Spotlight written by Gail Aspinwall, mother of two Bruins, illustrates how UCLA can provide a unique experience to each and every student through the many academic and extracurricular choices available to them. Andrew Ho, fourth year student and Executive Director of the Pediatric Aids Coalition (PAC), describes UCLA's largest philanthropic tradition, Dance Marathon, and how it has impacted his time at UCLA and future career goals. Finally, professor and UCLA alum Lauri Mattenson shares how her father served as a sounding board and guide throughout her college experience and provides suggestions on how to support your student and empower them to create their own experience.
To those of you wondering how we choose our material for the Bruinlink, we strive to be intentional in the articles we provide during key times of the year. When considering themes and inviting colleagues, parents and/or students to contribute pieces, we look at the hot topics, questions and concerns we receive from you via our Helpline, email assistance and Facebook page. With that, we greatly appreciate your feedback on the Bruinlink and highly encourage you to email us at email@example.com with any comments or suggestions you may have for future articles.
Maisha Beasley, M.A.
Office of Parent & Family Programs
Emotional well-being of college students has been on a steady decline over the past 25 years; Dayna Weintraub, Doctoral Student at UCLA, shares research findings connecting the relationship between parental communication and emotional health in students. Read on to understand the importance of communicating with your student, and how it can positively impact their experience at UCLA.
Gail Aspinwall, Parents’ Council member and mother of two Bruins, provides this issues Parent Spotlight sharing how UCLA provides a place for students to create their own experience through the majors/minors they study, extracurriculars they get involved with and how they find their ‘group’.
In this Student Spotlight, Andrew Ho, fourth year student majoring in Psychobiology and serving a second term as Executive Director of the Pediatric AIDS Coalition (PAC), illustrates how being involved with this group and Dance Marathon have changed his life and inspired a career dedicated to fighting pediatric HIV/AIDS.
Lauri Mattenson, professor and Bruin Alum, shares how both actions and words can speak louder than anyone else’s when it comes to parent-student communication. From two perspectives, student and professor, she shares ideas and suggestions for how to support your Bruin while still empowering them to advocate for themselves.