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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!

Application Open Friday, December 6, 2019 (Fall semester Reading Day)

Application Deadline Friday, January 31st, 2020 at 11:59pm

One-on-one interviews February 10th - 21st, 2020

Decision Day Friday, February 28th, 2020

Welcome Day Friday, March 20th, 2020 from 1-2:30pm

  • 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 twice 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)


  • 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

Click the button below to begin your application.
applications open december 6, 2019

Questions? Contact the program coordinator, Ally Marringa, at 

Meet our 2019-2020 Ambassadors





Class of 2019

Majors: Environmental & Sustainability Studies with an emphasis in Air, Water & Health; Health, Society & Policy

Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT

Fun Fact: I had foreign accent syndrome. 

What inspires you to #bethesolution?:  "We have always done it this way." This is a dangerous saying that I have heard far too often. I don't want to continue doing things the way we always have. Why? Because that means we are not improving, not growing, and not ensuring the best possible outcome for our future. I want nothing more than to leave this world knowing I played my part in creating a more equitable and sustainable future for all of those that call Earth home. 





Class of 2020

Majors: Political Science, Peace & Conflict Studies, Gender Studies, Ethnic Studies

Hometown: Idaho Falls, ID

Fun Fact: I was a Page at the Idaho House of Representatives.

What inspires you to #bethesolution?: I study a lot of feminist politics philosophy and it can seem impossible to ever see a future where systems of oppression are dismantled; but even studying the theory, creating dialogue, educating, and believing in utopian thought is what makes the preconditions possible. 



ana ascencio

Class of 2020

Majors: Political Science, Communications (Strategic Communications Sequence)

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Fun Fact:My first internship was at the age of 15 at the Stanley Mosk Superior Court in Los Angeles. 

What inspires you to #bethesolution?: My goal to be the voice for women and Latinos is what inspires me to #bethesolution. I want to play a role in political legislation and bring about changes to those underrepresented. I want to be the voice of those who don't feel a sense of belonging and ensure my legacy in this world is that I was a champion for change. I want to serve as an inspiration for future generations to #bethesolution. 


anthony dam

Class of 2020

Major: Economics

Hometown: West Jordan, UT

Fun Fact: My favorite Disney movie is Toy Story

What inspires you to #bethesolution?: ·  "Knowledge is power" is one of my favorite mottos in life. I have a goal to inspire others in pursuing and reigniting their passions in life through education. I believe that we can focus on creating solutions for all the problems within our society by enabling, influencing, and supporting others in their endeavors. I Want to be able to leave a possible impact on the those around me, and assist them in achieving their goals.




Class of 2020

Major: Geography, Environmental & Sustainability Studies 

Hometown: Ogden, UT

Fun Fact: I work as a florist.

What inspires you to #bethesolution?: With climate change being a major concern for our generation and those to come, I am studying environmental science and geography so that I have the skills and knowledge to create innovative solutions. I'd like to earn a Masters in Urban Planning so that I can one day help create sustainable cities.




Class of 2020

Major: Anthropology

Minor: Business

Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT

Fun Fact: I was born at the United States Military Academy where my dad taught in West Point, New York.

What inspires you to #bethesolution?: Being with a cohort of like-minded individuals and learning more every day about the world around us. WE can create a better future for ourselves and for generations to come. 




Class of 2020

Majors: International Studies with an focus in Trade & Commerce, Environmental & Sustainability Studies with an emphasis in Ecological Literacy and Social Change

Minors: Ethnic Studies and Business

Certificate: Diversity

Hometown: West Valley City, UT

Fun Fact: I have a mini rock collection from different places around the world. 

What inspires you to #bethesolution?:  My ultimate goal is what inspires me to #bethesolution which is to achieve a more sustainable environment and provide for those in need. I am ready to be the solution in order to solve environmental issues on campus and in my community. I believe that the skills I have acquired through my customers and community service have made me a very proactive, responsible, reliable, outgoing, and caring individual. I am truly dedicated to making a change that will not only benefit me but also future generations to come.



olivia kavapalu

Class of 2022

Majors: International Studies; Health, Society & Policy

Minors: Sociology

Hometown: Taylorsville, UT

Fun Fact: I am a die-hard Beyonce fan. From Dreamgirls to Everything is Love, her powerful work constantly captures my heart.

What inspires you to #bethesolution?As Starr Carter from Angie Thomas' "The Hate U Give", articulately puts it, “What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?” With an ability to speak up and dismantle oppressive systems, I choose to #bethesolution because the moment we decide to silence ourselves is the same moment where we surrender. #Bethesolution means more than speaking out against instances of injustice and strife. It asks individuals to sacrifice their complacency and use their privilege for good. #Bethesolution is the conscious decision to evolve; to grow; to move.


sanila math

Class of 2022

Majors: Honors Degree in Anthropology with emphasis in Health

Minors: Integrative Human Biology

Hometown: South Jordan, UT

Fun Fact: I like dipping my grilled cheese in mayo.

What inspires you to #bethesolution?:  Being able to provide the same opportunities I have to other people who may not be as privileged as I am (all thanks to my parents!)

Other Ambassador Teams

2018-2019 Student Ambassador Team | 2017-2018 Student Ambassador Team | 2016-2017 Student Ambassador Team | 
2015-2016 Student Ambassador Team

Last Updated: 12/18/19