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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 students both in person and through social media. Ambassadors attend and create events, as well as 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 December 7, 2018 (Reading Day)

Application Deadline February 8, 2019

One-on-one interviews February 18-March 1, 2019

Decision Day March 8, 2019

Welcome Day March 29, 2019

  • Must be a degree-seeking undergraduate student
  • Must be registered for courses (full or part-time) in Fall and Spring semester
  • 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
  • Advising 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

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Meet our 2018-2019 Ambassadors

Sydney BoogaardSydney

Class of 2019

Major: Environmental & Sustainability Studies with an emphasis in Air, Water & Health; Health, Society and 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. 



Nina Castellanos

Class of 2020

Majors: Political Science, Peace & Conflict Studies, Gender Studies, and 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.



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Elika Fanaeian

Class of 2019

Major: Health, Society and Policy

Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT

Fun Fact: I speak Turkish, Farsi, and English!

What inspires you to #bethesolution?: The future generations and improving our world are what inspire me to be the solution. I look at my little sister and then I look at everything that is going on in our world today and how most all of the inhumanity can be prevented if we all came together with one common goal of improving our environment, society, and ourselves. Caring for the underrepresented and underprivileged has been my passion for a long time and working with these communities, as well as being a part of them, has taught me so much about how we cannot just sit and wait for others make the world a better place. It is everyone's duty to work towards the bettering of our humanity.



 Sarah Frederick

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. 





Zainub Hussaini

Class of 2019

Major: Health, Society, and Policy

Hometown: Seattle, WA

Fun Fact: I have a massive eraser collection since the second grade!

What inspires you to #bethesolution?: I love to smile. And I love making other people smile. My heart lights up when I can help another and I get a smile in return. Kindness and positivity goes a long way. We can make the world a better place by helping one another. Doing what I love and what I am passionate about inspires me to #bethesolution.





Jenny Huynh

Class of 2020

Majors: International Studies with an focus in Trade, Commerce and Environmental and 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.



Neha Jwala

Class of 2021

Majors: Psychology, Business (Entrepreneurship)

Hometown: Everywhere Really - but Salt Lake City, Utah seems pretty accurate for now

Fun Fact: I have been skydiving 5 times! I have also lived in three different countries (Brazil, India, and USA) and have moved over 15 times.

What inspires you to #bethesolution?: I have lived in many countries in the world and I have seen first hand the disparities, inequalities, unjust and corrupt practices which affect the lives of many people directly. I want to be someone that makes a real change in the lives of people. I feel like it is my duty to give back to others and to communities which have served me. It is time for me to serve my society and help everyone I am able to help and work on projects that have local, national, and global implications.



Elizabeth Valle

Class of 2019

Majors: International Studies, Political Science, and Sociology

Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT

Fun Fact: I love spicy food. If it's not burning hot, most of the time I tend to not enjoy it as much. 

What inspires you to #bethesolution?: What inspires you to #bethesolution is the fact there is a solution needed in the first place. However, despite the obstacle, there always are folks all around who are willing to help each other out and that is the solution I want to be a part of. I have gotten this far in my personal and professional career because of the help I have gotten and I want to continue paying it forward. I think we all have the power to #bethesolution, we just need to figure out what solution we want to work on.


Previous Ambassador Teams

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

Last Updated: 5/6/19