Ohio University

Diversity Leadership Ambassadors

Diversity Ambassador Group



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.

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2019-2020 Ambassadors


Melissa Koziol

Pronouns: she/her

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.


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.


Jaelyn Pounds

Pronouns: she/her

Hometown: Beachwood,Ohio

Major: MIS/Marketing

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.



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.


Noelle Stroud

Pronouns: Any

Hometown: Winterville, NC

Major: Neuroscience

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


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.


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

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

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.



Esther Aulis-Cabrera

Pronouns: she/her

Hometown: Cincinnati

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.


Temiloluwa Olubakinde

Pronouns: she/hers

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.


Program Support

Kita Wood

Pronouns: she/hers

Office Assistant, Sophomore

Hometown: Pomeroy, Ohio

Major: Undecided


Alex Penrose

Pronouns: he/him

Videographer/Social Media Assistant, Sophomores

Hometown: Norwalk, Ohio

Major: Integrated Media


Amanda Graham

Pronouns: she/hers

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 Kita Wood at 740.593.2431 kw067017@ohio.edu