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Student Ambassadors

The College of Social & Behavioral Science (CSBS) Ambassador program is a diverse group of individuals who are passionate about their studies in CSBS and want to share that passion by connecting with prospective and current students, alumni and donors both in person and through social media. Ambassadors attend and help with campus projects to spread the word about majors and opportunities in CSBS.

Earn a scholarship for working with CSBS!
Scholarship of $500 for Fall semester and $500 for Spring semester toward tuition based on experiential learning. Additional funding available for ambassadors who also help during the summer semester (optional).

#bethesolution and Be an Ambassador!

  • Must be a degree-seeking undergraduate student
  • Must be registered for courses (full or part-time) in Fall and Spring semester (students graduating in fall semester are not eligible - must have a full year left)
  • Must be in good academic and disciplinary standards with the University of Utah
  • Be a declared major in the College of Social & Behavioral Science

Time Commitment

  • Required minimum 60 hours for Fall semester and 60 hours for spring semester
  • Time commitment is dictated by events during the Fall and Spring semesters (evening and weekend events expected as well)
  • New Student Orientations during June and July provides an additional scholarship towards tuition (optional)

CSBS Ambassador Team Meetings

  • One hour per month

Fall Semester Retreat

  • Saturday before the 1st week of school for the fall semester

Spring Semester Social

  • Near end of Spring semester (based on schedule)

Duties:

  • Representing the University of Utah and the College of Social & Behavioral Science (CSBS) at recruitment and campus events
  • Planning, promoting and increasing involvement in student events and opportunities
  • Providing feedback on university, college and department initiatives
  • Participating in occasional photo shoots for promotional materials for the College of Social & Behavioral Science
  • Information sharing with prospective students and parents (in person and through email and social media) relating to the University of Utah and the College of Social & Behavioral Science's academic programs, faculty, physical facilities, social opportunities and student services
  • Attending required monthly meetings
  • Using CSBS social media by taking pictures, using Instagram and Facebook stories and contributing to posts in order to share information widely
  • Attending special alumni events such as: dean’s distinguished speaker series, scholarship receptions and award ceremonies
  • Meeting with alumni and donors to help secure gifts that support student scholarships
  • Overall, demonstrating sincerity, enthusiasm, credibility, interested and helpfulness in all aspects of the Student Ambassador position

Application Cycle for Fall 2023-Spring 2024 Ambassadors:

  • Applications Open – November 1st, 2022
  • Applications Close – January 31st, 2023 at 11:59pm
  • Interviews for selected candidates – February 13th – 24th 2023
  • Selection Notification Date – March 1st, 2023
  • New Ambassador Welcome – Friday March 17th, 2023 from 1-2:30pm

Ambassador Application

 

2022-2023 Applications 

Ambassador Application

Questions? Contact the program coordinator, Ally Marringa, at ally.marringa@csbs.utah.edu  

 

Meet our 2022-2023 Ambassadors

 

Thandiwe Msiska

LEAD AMBASSADOR

Thandi Msiska

Class of 2023

Majors: Mechanical Engineering (Aerospace Emphasis); Health, Society, & Policy

HometownSouth Jordan, UT (Indiana Hoosier at heart though!)

Fun Fact: I am allergic to avocados :(

What inspires you to #bethesolution?:  Michael, Eric, Philando, Tamir, Rekia, Alton, Patrick, Laquan, Walter, Sandra, Trayvon, Patrick, Eric Logan, Botham, Atatiana, Freddie, Pamela, Jamela, Julius, Lorenzo, Maurice, Johnathan, Danny, Stephon, Jordan, Alfred, Keith, Terence, Akiel, Gregory, Quintonio, DeJuan, Mario, Jamar, Christian, Samuel, Brendon, & Walter

Callie Avondet

Coming Soon

Class of 2024

Majors: Sociology and History

Minors: Political Science

Hometown: Highland, UT

Fun Fact: I speak Haitian Creole fluently.

What inspires you to #bethesolution?: "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world"-Nelson Mandela Historically and today, students have been a powerful force for societal change. From March for our Lives to the Greensboro Sit-Ins to the 1968 LA Walkouts, students show that they are powerful and active members of society as students. But most schools are not supporting students the way they should, especially students of color. These student activists and more, and gaping educational inequalities inspire me to #bethesolution.

Maya Awada

Coming Soon

Class of 2023

Majors: Psychology

Minors: Arabic

Hometown: Logan, UT

Fun Fact:  I love doing puzzles!

What inspires you to #bethesolution?: What inspires me to #betthesolution is my dad. He has always encouraged me to pursue my dreams just as he did. He has taught me to always be selfless, strong and brave enough to know that living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens. I love you baba!

MatThew Horn

Matthew Horn

Class of 2023

Majors: Health, Society & Policy and Family, Community & Human Development

Hometown: West Valley City, UT

Fun Fact: I love to bake!

What inspires you to #bethesolution?: What inspires you to #bethesolution? As a first-generation student to refugee parents, I realize the amazing privileges that I have been given. I have the opportunity to learn, have a voice, and make a change: things that a lot of people unfortunately do not have. I hope to further my parents' aspirations, make a mark in society, and to pave a better future.

Jimmy Gomez

Coming Soon

Class of 2024

Majors:Political Science with an emphasis in International Politics 

Hometown: Sandy, UT

Fun Fact: I am a HUGE Formula 1 fan!

What inspires you to #bethesolution?: My inspiration comes from the perseverance and resilience that my parents have shown throughout my life. As a first-generation college student, I understand the difficulties of finding the path that is meant for you. I want to #bethesolution, by lending a helping hand to all who need it, just like others have done for me. As a CSBS ambassador I intend to try my hardest, to guarantee that everyone has a space and opportunity to be heard.

Tan Le

Coming Soon

Class of 2023

Majors: Health, Society & Policy and International Studies with a focus in Global Health

Minors: Health Communication Certificate 

Hometown: West Valley City, UT

Fun Fact: The most spontaneous thing I've done was book a trip to Switzerland based on a dating app question

What inspires you to #bethesolution?: I am inspired to #bethesolution in healthcare from the experiences I’ve had in a low socioeconomic status. The inequities that exist within our healthcare system are exacerbated for people who don’t have the ability to access a renowned healthcare service. Therefore, my passions reflect a sense of hope to improve upon the inadequacies and weaknesses that leave our most vulnerable behind. Above all, this dream not only addresses the patient but recognizes the self-sacrificing healthcare workers that are quintessential to all services rendered. I hope to be able to mend the bonds between the system, patients, and healthcare workers that have been disrupted by dishonorable profiteering practices and inequitable standards. I strongly believe that the pursuit of better healthcare can be attained not through big leaps, but by the small steps of many.

Audrey Meyer

Audrey Meyer

Class of 2023

Majors: Political Science 

Minors: Philosophy

Hometown: McCall, Idaho

Fun Fact: I'm a huge James Bond fan and (coincidentally) ran into Pierce Brosnan in Hawaii while looking at seals

What inspires you to #bethesolution?:I'm inspired to #bethesolution by the countless women, whistleblowers and activists who came before me that sacrificed their privilege and chose to do the right thing to better the world when it would've been easier to stay silent and maintain the status quo.

April Radford

Coming Soon

Class of 2023

Majors:Geography and Environmental & Sustainability Studies with an emphasis in Conservation & Land Management 

Minors: Modern Dance

Hometown: Sandpoint, Idaho

Fun Fact: I recently started to get into rock climbing! I'm part of Women's Outdoor Leadership Initiative (WOLI), which is a great organization to connect with on campus.

What inspires you to #bethesolution?:  I have often struggled with hope, especially in the face of social and environmental issues like the climate crisis. Angela Davis is quoted saying that “You have to act as if it were possible to radically transform the world. And you have to do it all the time.” This has really helped me in figuring out how to continue working to build a better future when I constantly encounter discouraging news and systems that are not built for creating solutions for crises like this. I'm learning to let go of the outcomes of my work and do what I can to make change simply because it makes sense. Whether that is voting or anything else, doing what we can to make change is an act of hope and it is how we will build a better future.

Carrie Thompson

Coming Soon

Class of 2024

Majors: Psychology and Criminology

Hometown: Fullerton, California

Fun Fact: A fun fact about me is I have 26 tattoos currently and I plan to get many more!

What inspires you to #bethesolution?: Something that inspires me to #bethesolution is my younger brother. I want to help create a better world for him and the future generations to follow. I try to lead by example for him and the younger people I interact with by being a team player, pursuing degrees that can help me implement positive world change, and giving a helping hand anywhere I can.

Alex Turner

Coming Soon

Class of 2024

Majors:Economics and Environmental & Sustainability Studies with an emphasis in Conservation & Land Management

Minors: Urban Ecology

Hometown: El Segundo, California

Fun Fact: I work with the Edible Campus Gardens where my favorite thing to grow (and eat) are tomatoes!

What inspires you to #bethesolution?:Resilient communities are made through collaboration and contributions from a diverse set of perspectives. I believe the formulation of comprehensive solutions requires input from as many backgrounds as possible, and am inspired by the potential of a new generation of leaders who prioritize inclusivity, diversity, and creativity that will support a more compassionate and comfortable world for all.

Eleanor Wheelwright

Coming Soon

Class of 2024

Majors:Criminology and Psychology 

Hometown: Menlo Park, California 

Fun Fact: I am an expert in assembling IKEA furniture

What inspires you to #bethesolution?: I am inspired by the passions and drive of those younger than I am, and I am dedicated to finding the solutions for them. As a first generation college student, I looked up to those who inspired me, and I hope that through my dedication and hard work, I can do the same for generations to come.

 


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Last Updated: 8/18/22