Student Ambassadors

Student Ambassadors

Providing near-to-peer support and mentorship

Student Ambassadors work collaboratively with the MOR admissions counseling team to connect with and support underrepresented and underserved students of color communities with an empowering perspective that validates students’ cultural backgrounds.

About the Program

As diverse student role models for high school youth, Student Ambassadors develop and assist with outreach events held on campus where they share their perspectives, conduct motivational workshops, and provide information about the UW admissions process, financial aid, academic requirements, and University resources.

Program History

The Student Outreach Ambassador Program was born out of the passion of UW students who rallied to counter the negative impacts of a 1998 Washington State Initiative (I-200) that effectively outlawed affirmative action. The program has since evolved from an all volunteer organization to a paid team of Student Ambassadors supported by MOR staff.

The program was awarded the 2002 Brotman Diversity Award in recognition of their exemplary advancement of the diversity of our university community and in 2003, MOR staff presented our model at the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity.

As a MOR ambassador, I developed the skills necessary to represent, serve, and contribute to student success, accessibility, and community. My experiences through MOR provided the foundation for my success and serves to highlight the importance of MOR’s work in higher education.

Theron WahkinneyYelm, WA
Comanche Tribal Nation
Theron Wahkinney

Application

Applications for the Student Ambassador Program are currently closed. Contact Program Manager Rose Nguyen to learn more about the program.

Meet Our Ambassadors

Have a question for a specific Student Ambassador? We encourage you to email reach@uw.edu with “ATTN: [Ambassador Name]” in the subject line and the Student Ambassador will reply.

  • Lesley Kamoto

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  • Penina Logotala

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  • Kaloeaholokai (Noah) Lum

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  • Aliyah Siva

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  • Ahlam Khaleefa

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  • Xitlaly Mendoza

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  • Alexis Reb

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  • Anastacia Mikaele

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  • Pedro Caballero

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  • Emoni Valdovines

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  • Francisco Tzintzun

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  • Sophia Hernandez

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  • Fatima Gbla

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Lesley Kamoto

She/Her/Hers

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Seattle, WA

Affinity Group: Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

Major: Geography

Minor: Business &OPIS

Languages Spoken: English + Tongan

Why I came to the UW: I couldn’t see myself pursuing such a high quality education, anywhere else.

Penina Logotala

She/Her/Hers

Year: Junior

Hometown: Seattle, WA

Affinity Group: Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

Major: American Ethnic Studies

Minor: Oceania Pacific Islander Studies (OPIS), Diversity

Languages Spoken: English

Why I came to the UW: I chose UW because I remember the the people from the Polynesian Student Alliance (PSA) come to my high school and that was the representation that I needed to see, Pacific Islanders in higher education. I always knew that I wanted to be a part of the PSA UW family and to encourage future pasifika generations to come.

Kaloeaholokai (Noah) Lum

He/Him/His

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: ʻAiea Hawaii and Camas Washington

Affinity Group: Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

Major: Political Science and Global/Regional Studies

Minor: Oceania/Pacific Islander Studies

Languages Spoken: English

Why I came to the UW: The reason I chose UW was because of the resources and networking opportunities. It’s also allowed me to connect with students from diverse backgrounds.

Aliyah Siva

She/Her/Hers

Year: Senior

Hometown: Kent, WA

Affinity Group: Hispanic/Latinx, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

Major: History: Empire and Colonialism

Minor: Oceania and Pacific Islander Studies, Anthropology, and Diversity.

Languages Spoken: English

Why I came to the UW: I chose UW because I was passionate about fulfilling the professional education I need to obtain a successful career and make my family proud.

Ahlam Khaleefa

She/Her/Hers

Year: Junior

Hometown: Seattle, WA

Affinity Group: African American/Black

Major: Business Administration

Minor: Law, Societies, and Justice

Languages Spoken: English

Why I came to the UW: I chose to attend UW because I was directly admitted into the Foster School of Business, my first-choice major; The financial aid was too good to ignore, and staying close to home made it the perfect choice for me.

Xitlaly Mendoza

She/Her/Hers

Year: Junior

Hometown: Connell, WA

Affinity Group: Hispanic/Latinx

Major: Sociology and Law, Societies, & Justice

Minor: Leadership

Languages Spoken: English and Spanish

Why I came to the UW: Choosing to attend UW was the best decision I ever made in order to further my education, surround myself with opportunities, and most of all make my parents proud as a first generation student!

Alexis Reb

She/Her/Hers

Year: Senior

Hometown: Seattle, WA

Affinity Group: African American/Black, Mixed

Major: Psychology

Minor: Education, Learning, and Society

Languages Spoken: English & Japanese

Why I came to the UW: To alleviate a barrier for further career progression and to be better equipped in helping underrepresented communities.

Anastacia Mikaele

She/Her/Hers

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Vancouver, Wa

Affinity Group: Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

Major: Medical anthropology

Minor: Oceania and Pacific Islander studies

Languages Spoken: English and Spanish

Why I came to the UW: For years it has been a school close to home where I saw people who looked like me achieving things I wish to accomplish

Pedro Caballero

He/Him/His

Year: Junior

Hometown: Granger, WA

Affinity Group: Hispanic/Latinx

Major: Public Health, Political Science

Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

Why I came to the UW: The reason I chose to come to the UW has to be because it was the only college that made me feel at home. It allowed me to become a better person and best version of myself because of the resources it has to offer.

Emoni Valdovines

She/Her/Hers

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Richland, WA

Affinity Group: African American/Black, Hispanic/Latinx

Major: Intended Bioengineering

Minor: Diversity

Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

Why I came to the UW: The UW was the school I saw myself being the most successful due to the many opportunities for someone in STEM and also the diverse student body creating a welcoming environment.

Francisco Tzintzun

He/Him/His

Year: Junior

Hometown: White Swan, WA

Affinity Group: Hispanic/Latinx

Major: Business

Minor: Real Estate

Languages Spoken: Spanish-Language

Why I came to the UW: UW was the first University I felt fully supported as a Latinx first-generation student!

Sophia Hernandez

She/Her/Hers

Year: Sophomore

Hometown: Wenatchee, WA

Affinity Group: Hispanic/Latinx

Major: Education, Communities, and Organizations (E.C.O.) & Political Science

Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

Why I came to the UW: I came to UW because it was the most accessible and affordable option as a first-generation college student. I am continuing my husky journey because I have been exposed to so many resources and opportunities that have allowed me to thrive throughout my experience.

Fatima Gbla

She/Her/Hers

Year: Junior

Hometown: New York City

Affinity Group:African American/Black

Major: Molecular, Cell, Developmental Biology

Languages Spoken: Mandinka, English

Why I came to the UW: I chose to come to UW because of the many opportunities and resources it provides for those interested in STEM and the proximity to my family.