Ohio University

Diversity Leadership 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.



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.



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.

2017-2018 Ambassadors


Imani Evans*

Hometown: Wheeling, Illinois

Major: Communication Studies

Minor: African American Studies/Screenwriting

"I joined the Ambassador program because I saw it as an opportunity to create an open forum for people to share their stories and ask questions they may not feel comfortable asking in different settings."



Hyunjung (Chloe) Jeon

Hometown: South Korea

Major: War & Peace

"I became an ambassador because I value difference and believe that understanding difference ultimately empower us. We explore and express our thoughts, feeling, and experiences on unique matters that not only gives us, but others an opportunity to comprehend ourselves better."




Lara Eksi

Hometown: Vincent, Ohio

Major: Business Administration

"Becoming a Multicultural Ambassador gave me an opportunity to talk about a part of me that I don't get to share in everyday conversation. It gave me an opportunity to not only share a part of who I am, but also learn about a part of others."




Maleyah McNeil

Hometown: Dayton, Ohio

Major: Integrated Language Arts

"I became an Ambassador because I wanted to let other students know that despite their background they can make it in life. I speak on socioeconomic status and discrimination as a black woman."





Ky Cobb

Hometown: Conneaut, Ohio

Major: Honors Tutorial College, Journalism

"I became an ambassador to expose people to different kinds of gender identity and sexualities. I also wanted to be an advocate for self-care and talk about different kinds of remedies for issues such as depression or anxiety."



Dani Wasserman

Hometown: Athens, Ohio

Major: Integrated Media

"I strongly believe in the Ambassador program and the idea that students on campus can approach us as their peers with challenging conversations. I know that I personally find the work to be very rewarding and have I learned so much in my time as an Ambassador; about diversity, public speaking, and community building. The main goal is always to help others but it is nice that it has been a really valuable experience to me personally as well."



Jaelyn Pounds

Hometown: South Euclid, Ohio

Major: Management Information Systems

"I wanted to be an Ambassador because I wanted to let other people know that they are not alone. I want to help break the stigma of mental illness and help other black women feel comfortable in their own skin."




Taylor Dever

Hometown: Troy, Ohio

Major: Graphic Design

"I became an Ambassador because I believe conversations about diversity are important in order to grow and if I can impact at least one person through my story, then I can leave the presentations knowing that the world is that much better."



Ceren Ozcan

Hometown: Izmir, Turkey

Major: Interior Architecture

"I decided to become a Multicultural 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."




Grace Kent

Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio

Major: International Studies with a focus in East Asian Studies

"I became an Ambassador to be able to share my personal experiences involving education, mental health and being and Asian American. I also hope to gain better understanding of other diverse backgrounds and perspectives. I found this program as a positive resource for the Ohio University community by allowing the opportunity for discussion and questions that involve diversity

Graduate Students


Noorul (Noor Tarakay)

Hometown: Kabul, Afghanistan

Major: Economics

"As a Fulbright Scholar program academic exchange student, I am not only here to study but it's one of my main goals to promote cultural exchange and foster mutual understanding between my home country and the American people. After my first semester, I found the Multicultural Leadership Ambassador program is the perfect platform to support me in taking an active role in campus activities and to share my story as an international student, which plays a role to reduce the misconceptions about my country and me as an international student."



(*) 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


Sydney Harrell

Office Assistant, Senior

Hometown: Reynoldsburg, Ohio

Major: Applied Nutrition





Alex Penrose

Videographer/Social Media Assistant, Sophomore

Hometown: Norwalk, Ohio

Major: Integrated Media





Amanda Graham

Executive Assistant for Diversity and Inclusion

Hometown: Albany, Ohio









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

Amanda Graham at 740.593.2614, grahama4@ohio.edu or Sydney Harrell at sh910613@ohio.edu