GLAAD announces 2019-2020 class of campus ambassadors, hosts youth summit with LGBTQ entertainment and media leaders

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GLAAD announces 2019-2020 class of campus ambassadors, hosts youth summit with LGBTQ entertainment and media leaders

January 13, 2020

GLAAD is thrilled to announce our 2019-2020 GLAAD Campus Ambassadors. The program, created in 2016, began its fourth year by welcoming 194 students from 48 states and 148 college campuses across the U.S.

GLAAD Campus Ambassadors help build sustainable and inclusive programming for LGBTQ and ally university students and youth, all while learning GLAAD’s best practices on leveraging media to create change. With these advocates, GLAAD is building networks of young LGBTQ and ally activists to promote LGBTQ acceptance through the media in youth communities nationwide.

GLAAD’s 2017 Accelerating Acceptance Report found that around 20% of young people identify as LGBTQ. GLAAD's youth programming works to engage, inform, and inspire the next generation of LGBTQ changemakers. Together with GLAAD, Campus Ambassadors leverage media to ensure young voices are leading the charge to accelerate acceptance.

Last month, GLAAD brought together members of their Campus Ambassador leadership team for the Campus Ambassador Summit in Los Angeles. The summit included a GLAAD Media Institute Training by Director of Youth Engagement at GLAAD, Clare Kenny, followed by a panel, titled ‘How to Advocate in Entertainment.’ The panel featured Netflix’s Fran Tirado, Endeavor’s Kevin Iwashina, journalist Tre’vell Anderson, and GLAAD’s Megan Townsend. The panelists discussed their roles in the industry, how they work to effect change through media, and share advice to GLAAD’s youth cohort of up and coming media advocates and creators.

During the summit, Kenny shared insight on how ambassadors can make a difference in the 2020 Presidential Election and beyond by working with GLAAD to register voters, and educate on local LGBTQ issues on campus and in the media to increase the youth voter turnout.

Kevin Iwashina, Fran Tirado, Megan Townsend, Tre'vell Anderson, and Clare Kenny speaking at the GLAAD Campus Ambassador Summit in Los Angeles, December 2019.

In the program's first three years, Campus Ambassadors have led initiatives to educate and encourage the next generation to amp their voices in the Midterm elections, debunk harmful misconceptions about HIV and AIDS, and shine a light on asexual, intersex, bisexual and pansexual identities that are often erased in media, and much more. Campus Ambassadors have also provided powerful advice and resources to fellow LGBTQ youth about how to persevere when faced with bullying and hatred through GLAAD's annual Spirit Day campaign.

GLAAD Campus Ambassadors are critical to GLAAD’s mission of accelerating acceptance for LGBTQ people. By producing dynamic, educational media content through GLAAD’s digital platform, Amp, Campus Ambassadors serve as representatives for LGBTQ youth and, with support from GLAAD, reach a national audience. Beyond Amp, Campus Ambassadors have been featured in publications and outlets such as The AdvocateBillboard, CNN, HuffPost, The New York Times, The Washington PostEntertainment Tonight, Essence, MTV, Seventeen, Teen Vogue, them, Autostraddle, and more.

Notable GLAAD Campus Ambassador alumni include actor Leo Sheng, advocate and congressional staffer Leah Juliett, advocate and creator Eva Reign, the first openly gay Student Body President of Texas A&M Bobby Brooks, and more.

This academic year, GLAAD looks forward to working with ambassadors across the country to register voters, educate on local LGBTQ issues on campus and in the media to increase the youth voter turnout in the 2020 Elections and beyond.

GLAAD looks to have campus representatives from colleges and universities in all 50 states. Eligible students from Delaware, Minnesota, and Wyoming are highly encouraged to apply. Click here to apply to become a GLAAD Campus Ambassador.

GLAAD's Campus Ambassador Program is supported by The Coca-Cola Foundation, Netflix, and Dow Chemical.

GLAAD Campus Ambassadors Ian Brundige and Grace Ancrum, December 2019.

2019-2020 GLAAD Campus Ambassadors

Megan Banning, Arizona State University
Estefania Soto, Arkansas Tech University
Zakiyyah Forrest, Armstrong State University
Ian Heseltine, Augsburg University
Nick Fiorellini, Bard College
Sage Dolan-Sandrino, Bard College
Jasper Francis, Bard College
Gabriel Gonzalez, Beloit College
Kameelah Diaz, Boise State University
Franchesca Araujo, Boston College
Michelle Yan, Boston College
Jules Bulafka, Boston University
Riley McGrath, Bridgewater State University
Dominic Conover, Butler University
Abigail Jiang, California Institute of Technology
Federico Yniguez, California State University, Long Beach
Riley Vodjani, California State University, Northridge
Mei’lani Eyre, Cascadia College
Katarina Spisz, City College of California
Dylan Barker, Cleveland State University
Annie Lee, Colby College
Halley Fine, Colby College
Tyler Williams, Colby College
Sophia Huxley, Colby College
Alex Zhang, Columbia University
Tevis Robinson, Columbia University
Gabriel Alvarez, Community College of Rhode Island
Sage Skyler, Connecticut College
Audrey Black, Connecticut College
Magdalena Smith, Cornell University
James Washburn, Cornish College of the Arts
Aaron Giglio, CUNY Guttman Community College
Ian Brundige, DePauw University
PJ Treacy, Elgin Community College
Ruth Willis, Florida International University
Austin Geer, Furman University
Sidney Snow, Gallaudet University
Ashley Brown, Georgia Southern University
Savannah Green, Georgia State University
Maddi Cuesta, Goucher College
Athena Williams, Grambling State University
Racheal McCollum, Grand Valley State University
Sonya Kalara, Harvard College
Matthew Keating, Harvard College
Ternia Wilson, Howard University
Cameron Stice, Indiana State University
Emma Awdey, Indiana University
Sara Warner, Indiana University
Jonathan Ye, Indiana University 
Olivia Zweig, Indiana University Bloomington
Seth Peery, Kansas State University
Amari McGee, Kennesaw State University
Rodney Bethea, Lake Forest College
Piper Harsch, Lock Haven University
Carson Richman, Louisiana State University
Leigh Fresina, Louisiana State University
Catherine Ang, Loyola University Maryland
Delaney Perkins, Lycoming College
Jay Cropper, Mary Baldwin University
Liam Gillin, Marist College
Gabriel Brown, Marshall University
Eric Jenceleski, Michigan State University
Cami Hancock, Michigan State University
Madeline Fitzgerald, Mount Holyoke College
Kristen Adolf, Mount Holyoke College
Ash McIntyre, Murray State University
Morgan Hand, Nazareth College
Jason Ezell, Nebraska Wesleyan University
Gabrielle Roehr, New York University
Somaya Gupta, New York University
Grace Ancrum, North Carolina A&T
Maya Douglas, North Carolina A&T State University
Peter Buggert, North Dakota State University
Ada-Marie Gutierrez, Northwestern University
Ramena Cyrus, Northwestern University
Rey Tang, Northwestern University
Harrison Kallner, Occidental College
Elizabeth Harden, Old Dominion University
Jayla Roberts, Old Dominion University
Jackson Riemerschmid, Ohio State University
Ose Arheghan, Ohio State University
Tanner Luther, Oklahoma State University
Serena Garnett, Penn State University
Donnie Denome, Pitzer College
Kathleen Warner, Point Loma Nazarene University
Dantae Johnson, Prairie View A&M
Elizabeth Guzman, Ramapo College of New Jersey
Liam Fifer, Rhode Island College
Rowan Berry, Rhode Island College
Theodore Fierro, Rhode Island College
Tyler Yun, San Francisco State University
Clarence Czachor, SIUE
Isabel Fields, Smith College
Matthew Jacquez, Stanford University
Sarah Ondak, Stanford University
Nasir Montalvo, Stevens Institute of Technology
Trey Shimizu, SUNY Stony Brook University
Cory-Wren Murphy, South Dakota State University
Dorothy McIntush, Texas A&M University
Katrina Sacurom, Texas A&M University, Kingsville
Blessen Brocke, Texas Tech University
Kai Usher, The City College of New York
Brooklyn Riepma, The College of Idaho
Julia Vanzini, The College of New Jersey
Jonathan Legette, The Evergreen State College
Aedy Miller, The George Washington University
Joshua Elmore, The Juilliard School
Daniel Camacho, The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Leo Rocha,The University of Missouri
Julian Blatt, Tufts University
Sam Fogarty, Union College
Tawreak Eddington, Union College
Ruben Tarajano, University of Alabama
Cecil Hines, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Rutuja/Rue Sawant, University of Buffalo
Ryan Kamkar, University of California, Berkeley
Shelby Salyer, University of California, Davis
Nikolas Gonzalez, University of California, Irvine
Arlene Reynolds, University of California, Los Angeles
Christian Patrick Balderas, University of California, Los Angeles
Indya Donovan, University of California, Los Angeles
Sophia Su, University of California, Los Angeles
Ravindu Ranawaka, University of California, Riverside
Andrew Auh, University of California, San Diego
Eve Moreno-Luz, University of California, San Diego
Francisco Javier Noriega, University of California, Santa Barbara
Antonio Calbo-Jackson, University of California, Santa Cruz
Ce-Lai Fong, University of California, Santa Cruz
Daniel Segobiano, University of California, Santa Cruz
Edward Estrada, University of California, Santa Cruz
Drew Adams, University of Central Florida
Kaylie Duffy, University of Central Missouri
Alex Nguyen, University of Colorado, Boulder
Deborah Dereje-Tsige, University of Colorado, Boulder
Gwendalynn Roebke, University of Colorado, Boulder
Naya O’Reilly, University of Colorado, Boulder
Max Llamas, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
Gaston Neville, University of Connecticut
Emmett Burns, University of Connecticut, Stamford
Marley Aiu, University of Hawaii, Manoa
Keeley Hard, University of Houston
Priyank Pillai, University of Houston
Sanjeev Thangarajah, University of Iowa
Kyleen Nixon, University of Maine
Skylar Rungren, University of Maine
Chantelle Sutton, University of Maryland, Eastern Shore
Elijah Haswell, University of Michigan
Marlon Rajan, University of Michigan
Shannon Li, University of Michigan
Elliot Hobaugh, University of Montana
Grace Chambers, University of Nebraska
Gabrielle Hartman, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Martha Amaya, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Sarah Huckman, University of New Hampshire
Arlin Pedregon, University of New Mexico
Timothy Harris, University of New Mexico
Kay Moran, University of Oklahoma
Syd Stephenson, University of Oklahoma
Aria Back, University of Oregon
Sorrel Rosin, University of Oregon
Sunanda Tamrakar, University of Pittsburgh
Sydney Yocum, University of San Francisco
Oscar Portillo-Meza, University of South Florida, Tampa
Jaq Jefcoat, University of Southern Mississippi
Jesús Noé Monárrez, University of Tennessee
Patrick Mardis, University of Tennessee
Jacob Meade, University of Texas
Christian Kenoly, University of Texas, Austin
Map Pesqueira, University of Texas, Austin
Isaac James, University of Texas, Austin
Athena Schwartz, University of Utah
Alex Escaja, University of Vermont
Ellie Ousey, University of Vermont
Austin Houck, University of Virginia
Andre Menchavez, University of Washington
Ryan Wagstaff, University of Washington
Sara Mustre-del Río, University of Washington
Jorge Azpeitia, University of Washington, Bothell
Richard Parra, University of Washington, Seattle
Ren Gresbach, University of Wisconsin
Landre Johnson, Vanderbilt University
Maurice Scott, Vaughn College of Aeronautics
Corinne Beverly, Virginia Commonwealth University
Halisha Knipe, Weber State
Lynn Liu, Wesleyan University
Ryan Richardson, Western Kentucky University
Ari Winter, Western Washington University
Mason Bernardo, Western Washington University
Daniel Gallegos, West Virginia University
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