College Ambassador Mission and Programs

The College Ambassador program is housed in the Associate Dean's Office (Academic Programs), and has a mission founded on three pillars: leadership, recruitment, and service. Students in the program receive leadership training through a course for academic credit, and receive hands-on leadership experience through recruitment and service activities outside of class. 

Leadership

Ambassadors will be enrolled in a 1 credit course each semester (total of 2 credits). The course will cover material, including:

  • Leadership theories and models
  • Activities to develop leadership skills, such as public speaking and networking
  • Leader interviews
  • Personalized leadership development plan
  • Personalized leadership inventories
  • Team projects
  • Readings and reflections
  • Written assignments

Ambassador Abigail Colburn with Jonathan at Career Night 2013
Ambassador Abigail Colburn with Jonathan at Career Night 2013

Nutritional Sciences Presentation (2015)
Nutritional Sciences Presentation (2015)

Recruitment

Ambassadors help recruit prospective students to UConn through activities such as:

  • High school visits and career fairs
  • UConn Storrs Open Houses
  • Regional campus Open Houses
  • Phone calls to prospective student
  • Tours for high school visits

Ambassadors also help recruit current UConn students to the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources:

Service

Ambassadors serve as the face of the College/University to various audiences, such as:

  • Prospective students
  • Current students
  • Prospective and current families
  • Faculty
  • Alumni
  • The local community

Ambassadors also participate in community service activities to give back to their community. Past events have included:

  • Community gardening
  • Feeding Children Everywhere packaging
  • Special Olympics volunteers
  • Decorating the Governor's House for the Holidays

 

Ambassadors decorating Christmas Trees at the Governor's House, 2013
Ambassadors decorating Christmas Trees at the Governor's House, 2013