Ohio University

Diversity Leadership Ambassadors

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CLICK HERE TO SCHEDULE THE AMBASSADORS!

Our Mission

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.

 

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Our Values

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.

 

About

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.

2019-2020 Ambassadors

Seniors

Melissa Koziol  
She/Her
Burton, OH
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.
 
Taylor Dever  
she/her
Dayton, Ohio
Graphic Design Major
Senior

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.
 
Jaelyn Pounds  
She/Her
Beachwood,Ohio
MIS/Marketing
Senior

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.
 

Juniors

Emily Gayton  
Pronouns: she/her
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.
 
Grace Kent  
Pronouns: She, her
Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio
Major: Pre Social Work (*may change to Special Education)

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.
 
Ceren Özcan  
Pronouns: she/her
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.
 
Kennedy Rasberry  
Pronouns: She/Her
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.
 
Samuel Solis  
Pronouns: he/him
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.
 
Noelle Stroud  
Pronounds: Any
Hometown: Winterville, NC
Major: Neuroscience

As ambassadors we have the chance to educate on how to make Ohio a diverse and accepting place
 
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Sophomores

Esther Aulis-Cabrera  
(She/Her)
Cincinnati
Creative Writing and Political Science
Second Year

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.
 
Temiloluwa Olubakinde  
Pronouns: She/hers
Hometown: Ile-oluji, Ondo state, Nigeria
Major: Accounting & MIS
Year: Sophomore

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.
 

 

 

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Taylor Dever

Pronouns: she/her
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.

Juniors

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Ceren Özcan

Pronouns: she/her)
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.

 

 

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Grace Kent

Pronouns: She, her
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.

 

 

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Grace Kent

Pronouns: She, her
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.

Samuel Solis (he/him)
Boulder, Colorado
Marketing, Finance, and Business Analytics
3rd Year

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.

 

 

 

 

(*) Indicates a Lead Ambassador. These students are recognized by their efforts to go above and beyond expectations for the program. Their position is to act as student advisors to their peers and help guide the program into something that stays true to the values of the Multicultural Leadership Ambassadors.

Program Support

Kita Wood

Office Assistant, Sophomore

Hometown: Pomeroy, Ohio

Major: Undecided

 

 

 

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Alex Penrose

Videographer/Social Media Assistant, Sophomore

Hometown: Norwalk, Ohio

Major: Integrated Media

 

 

 

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Amanda Graham

Executive Assistant for Diversity and Inclusion

Hometown: Albany, Ohio

 

 

 

 

 

TO APPLY TO BECOME AN AMBASSADOR CLICK HERE! (PDF)

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Contact

For questions about the Ambassadors or their presentations, please contact:

Amanda Graham at 740.593.2614, grahama4@ohio.edu or Kita Wood at 740.593.2431 kw067017@ohio.edu