Diversity Leadership Ambassadors
We share our stories in an effort to encourage our audience to feel empowered by their personal experiences, leading to a more inclusive environment at Ohio University.
Integrity: We strive to tell our own personal truths, through our experiences.
Inspiration: We hope to motivate others in an effort to spread multiculturalism, equity and social justice.
Inclusivity: We envision Ohio University to uphold the same standards of diversity that our program does.
Dark Blue, Yellow, and Green symbolize each value of the program. Graduating Ambassadors wear correlating cords to represent their position as a Diversity Leadership Ambassador.
The Ohio University Diversity Leadership Ambassador Program provides a unique opportunity for students to take an active role on campus by discussing their personal narratives in correlation with diversity related topics.
The Ambassadors work toward changing perspectives and breaking down stereotypes, while promoting the genuine celebration of differences and encouraging multicultural awareness across cultures and in everyday settings. Ambassadors are responsible for facilitating diverse conversations through presentations and open discussions in classrooms and at staff meetings and events throughout the academic year. Their presentations are free and available to the Athens and University communities. Ambassadors are some of our most involved students and become part of a close-knit, diverse, and vibrant group.
Presentation topics include immigration, understanding differing cultures and culture shocks, LGBT experiences, religion, allyship, physical, mental and emotional abuse, education, challenges facing minority groups, family dynamics, socioeconomic status, mental health, first generation college student experiences, and the challenges that come with growing up in a single parent household.
Hometown: Burton, OH
Major: Community and Public Health
The ambassador program helps define Ohio University. Members from across campus come together to share ideas, speak on behalf of their communities, and listen to one another. I place where diversity is not only accepted, but encouraged. This program allows open conversation and gives the student body a chance to think of the others, and themselves, in a new perspective.
Hometown: Dayton, Ohio
Major: Graphic Design Major
I became an ambassador to challenge the assumptions we have about people and to show people that we should approach things with an open-mind. Always be willing to listen to someone even if you don’t agree with them.
I became an ambassador to educate myself and others on topics/ issues regarding diversity. It is my hope that sharing my story with others will inspire others to open up about theirs. Becoming a Diversity Ambassador has helped me learn more about who I am as a person.
Hometown: Gahanna, OH
Major: Journalism(Strategic Communications)
The Diversity Ambassador program is important to the university because it serves as a platform for to promote tolerance throughout our community.
Hometown: Winterville, NC
As ambassadors we have the chance to educate on how to make Ohio a diverse and accepting place
Hometown: İzmir, Turkey
Major: Interior Architecture with a minor in Business
I decided to become a Diversity Ambassador to explore a more the diverse culture within Ohio University. Being a part of this group allows me to feel more comfortable with myself and being able to share my story with others and learn for their experiences as well.
Hometown: Olean, NY
Major: Journalism News and Info
I think this program provides a designated space for important and complex conversations with people that represent the university.
Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio
Major: Pre Social Work
I became an ambassador in the hopes of connecting with others through conversations that highlight what diversity and inclusion means. I have enjoyed in hearing everyone’s stories and perspectives as it broadens my horizons and allows me to practice how to do so by creating a safe and welcoming environment.
Hometown: Boulder, Colorado
Major: Marketing, Finance, and Business Analytics
I became an ambassador to help the organization turn OU into a more welcoming environment that everyone feels safe to call home. In addition the program has introduced me to some of the most inspiring and diverse individuals who encourage everyone to be proud of who they are.
Major: Creative Writing and Political Science
I became an ambassador so I could be more involved in the conversation about diversity at OU. I want to continue to advocate for inclusion and representation at Ohio University.
Hometown: Ile-oluji, Ondo state, Nigeria
Major: Accounting & MIS
As an ambassador, I able to communicate with people about the various aspects of diversity in school and life. A position where I could learn from the various experiences of the unique individuals I meet.
Office Assistant, Sophomore
Hometown: Pomeroy, Ohio
Videographer/Social Media Assistant, Sophomores
Hometown: Norwalk, Ohio
Major: Integrated Media
Executive Assistant for Diversity and Inclusion
Hometown: Albany, Ohio