The OMA Ambassador Program encourages undergraduate students to take an active role in campus education around issues of multiculturalism, equity and social justice. Ambassadors are uniquely poised among their peers to raise awareness, promote inclusiveness and prompt genuine celebration of differences across campus. The program challenges student educators and peer participants to think critically about the various communities in which they exist. In spite of this analytic viewpoint, Ambassadors believes that beauty is reflected through the sum of many individual parts and this belief is fundamental to the group's success.
For Peer Educators
- To afford peer educators opportunities to clarify their individual identities
- To provide an intellectual space for students who value differences to unite
- To enhance leadership skills and multicultural competence of peer educators
- To inspire peer educators to incorporate social justice ideals into their lives after college
For Undergraduate Participants
- To offer opportunities for fun, interactive and informative programs around social justice topics
- To create safe spaces for students to have honest conversation in the absence of faculty, staff or others perceived to be in positions of power
- To challenge students to think critically about their world view
- To meet students where they are literally (within residence hall communities, Greek houses, club meetings, etc.) and figuratively in order to maximize their satisfaction with the Ambassador experience.
Ambassadors are dynamic undergraduate students who are well-equipped to educate their peers about a wide range of topics related to multiculturalism, equity, and social justice. These students are selected and trained to facilitate pre-packaged programs around social justice issues. They are also able to design programs from scratch to cater to the specific needs of a group.
Ambassadors will be hired both Fall and Spring semesters and will spend the approximately one month in training to prepare for programming. Beyond the training period, Ambassadors are expected to meet weekly for an hour to evaluate completed programs and plan upcoming events.