Multicultural Outreach & Recruitment

Student Ambassadors

Student Ambassadors work as a team and collaboratively with the Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity Multicultural Outreach & Recruitment staff to deliver educational outreach services to underrepresented ethnic minority communities.



Ambassadors are engaged in creative, empowerment-based projects to encourage high school and middle school students to pursue higher education. Ambassadors develop and assist with programs on campus within target communities, middle schools and high schools to present diverse student perspectives, motivational workshops, and information regarding the UW admissions process, financial aid, academic requirements, and University resources.


In the 1998 election year, Washington State passed Initiative 200. I-200 is an act relating to prohibiting government entities from discriminating or granting preferential treatment based on race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin. With the passing of I-200, many students rallied to devise strategies to counter what they knew would have a negative impact on our already declining underrepresented student population.

In 1999 the Student Outreach Ambassador Program was created from a student initiate. The Student Outreach Ambassador Program has evolved from its beginning as an all volunteer organization, to its present day structure of a paid team of Student Ambassadors with support from Recruitment and Outreach staff, and a webmaster.

Since the program’s inception, we have experienced various levels of success and continue to strive to be the very best among peer institutions and comparable programs. The Ambassador Program was awarded the 2002 Brotman Diversity Award in recognition of their exemplary advancement of the diversity of our university community and in June 2003, Recruitment and Outreach staff members traveled to San Francisco, CA to feature our model program at the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity.

Although the UW has experienced mixed results regarding admission statistics from underrepresented students, we are focused on our work and the qualitative impact we make on prospective and currently enrolled students. We will continue to work with individual students in need and hope that our efforts will prepare students for the new challenges of gaining admission to our state institutions, and looking forward to a successful college career.

Meet Our Student Ambassadors

  • Abdol Abdorohman
    Seattle, WA
    MAJOR: Social Work

  • Angela Bonsu
    Everett, WA
    MAJOR: Business
    MINOR: Diversity

  • Briana Caffee
    Mill Creek, WA
    MAJOR: Communications
    MINOR: Global Health

  • Carmen Borja
    Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands
    MAJOR: Political Science
    MINOR: Anthropology and Law, Societies, and Justice

  • Cesar Garcia
    Seattle, WA
    MAJOR: Geography

  • Christy Pham
    Seattle, WA
    MAJOR: Informatics and Human Centered Design & Engineering

  • Damon Cunningham
    Seattle, WA
    MAJOR: Anthropology and American Indian Studies

  • D.j. Personius

  • Epiphany Nick
    Bremerton, WA
    MAJOR: Biology and American Ethnic Studies

  • Fredy Cortez
    Wenatchee, WA
    MAJOR: Biology and Psychology

  • Helen Habte
    Seattle, WA
    MAJOR: Business Administration
    MINOR: Diversity

  • Holly Grimm
    Yakima, WA
    MAJOR: Physiology
    MINOR: Applied Mathematics

  • Idowu Jeremiah
    Bellevue, WA
    MAJOR: Accounting and Information Systems
    MINOR: Diversity

  • Itzel Alvizo
    Sunnyside, WA
    MAJOR: Communications and Business Administration
    MINOR: Diversity

  • Jennifer Morales Mata
    Yakima, WA
    MAJOR: Social Work

  • Jordan DeSanto
    Yakima, WA
    MAJOR: Medical Anthropology and Global Health

  • Joshua Dawson
    Federal Way, WA
    MAJOR: Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology

  • Kamilah Edwards
    Lacey, WA
    MAJOR: Sociology

  • Kaya Warrior
    Federal Way, WA
    MAJOR: Business
    MINOR: Spanish

  • Kendra Canton
    Spokane, WA
    MAJOR: Public Health

  • Kia Vang
    Renton, WA
    MAJOR: Communications
    MINOR: Diversity

  • Kolawole Akinlosotu
    Federal Way, WA
    MAJOR: Business Financing

  • Lupita Tovar
    Kennewick, WA
    MAJOR: Astronomy and Physics

  • Marcicarmen Garcia
    Kennewick, WA
    MAJOR: Psychology

  • Melat Abraham

  • Melissa Centeno-Martinez
    Everett, WA
    MAJOR: Italian

  • Natalia Esquivel

  • Nataile Vargas
    Toppenish, WA
    MAJOR: Public Health

  • Nicholas Khamphilom
    Renton, WA
    MAJOR: Medical Anthropology and Global Health

  • Olivia Smith
    Federal Way, WA
    MAJOR: Sociology and English

  • Pamela Diaz
    Seattle, WA
    MAJOR: Law, Societies, & Justice and Spanish
    MINOR: Political Science

  • Rachael Tamngin
    Wenatchee, WA
    MAJOR: Physiology and Medical Anthropology

  • Randizia Crisostomo
    Barrigada, Guam
    MAJOR: Anthropology and American Indian Studies

  • Rocio Carranza
    Sultan, WA
    MAJOR: American Ethnic Studies and Environmental Studies

  • Rosanna Contreras
    Blaine, WA
    MAJOR: Public Health

  • Saul Ramos
    Mattawa, WA
    MAJOR: Mechanical Engineering
    MINOR: Mathematics

  • Shannel Amaraweera
    Palm Desert, CA
    MAJOR: Social Work

  • Sharayah Lane
    Lummi, WA
    MAJOR: Journalism

  • Shwe Zin
    Kennewick, WA
    MAJOR: Psychology

  • Taylor Boyd
    Sammamish, WA
    MAJOR: Neurobiology

  • Tino Camacho
    Tamuning, Guam
    MAJOR: Psychology

  • Trevor Slaney
    Seabeck, WA
    MAJOR: Psychology

  • Zulen Pantoja-Ortega
    Mount Vernon, WA

    MAJOR: Law, Societies, & Justice
    MINOR: Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies

Become A Student Ambassador

We are not currently looking for new Student Ambassadors. Please check back during the Spring, when we typically recruit new Ambassadors for the following school year. Thank you!

Contact the Student Ambassadors

Mailing Address

University of Washington
Student Outreach Ambassadors
Box 355845
459A Schmitz Hall
Seattle, WA 98195-5845

Physical Address

1410 NE Campus Parkway
Seattle, WA 98195-5845

Phone Number

(206) 221-6463

Fax Number

(206) 685-5361



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