GLAAD expands Campus Ambassador Program to 42 states, announces 143 student leaders

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GLAAD expands Campus Ambassador Program to 42 states, announces 143 student leaders

September 24, 2018

GLAAD is thrilled to announce our 2018-2019 GLAAD Campus Ambassadors! The program, which started in 2016, begins its third year by welcoming 143 students from 42 states and 113 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.

GLAAD’s 2017 Accelerating Acceptance Report found 20% of young people identify as LGBTQ. GLAAD's youth programming works to engage, inform, and inspire this next generation of LGBTQ changemakers.

With these advocates, GLAAD is building networks of young LGBTQ and ally activists to promote LGBTQ acceptance through the media in youth communities nationwide. Together, we leverage media to ensure young voices are leading the charge to accelerate acceptance.

In the program’s first two years, Campus Ambassadors led campaigns to inform and engage students in LGBTQ-inclusive activism, emboldened their campuses to stand up against anti-LGBTQ bullying on Spirit Day, and released an open letter to Congress through the media demanding sensible gun reform in the wake of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.

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 Billboard, CNN, Huffington Post, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Entertainment Tonight, Essence, INTO, MTV, Seventeen, Teen Vogue, them, Autostraddle, and more.

GLAAD is proud to work with our 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 2018 Midterm Elections and beyond.

To apply to become a GLAAD Campus Ambassador click here.

Full list of 2018-2019 GLAAD Campus Ambassadors below.

Marley Aiu, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Franchesca Araujo, Boston College

Ose Arheghan, Ohio State University

Mikaela Ashburn, Ohio University

Andrew Auh, University of California, San Diego

Christian Patrick Balderas, University of California, Los Angeles

Megan Banning, Arizona State University

Sara Barber, Emerson College

Dylan Barker, Cleveland State University

Mason Bernardo, Western Washington University

Rowan Berry, Rhode Island College

Rodney Bethea, Lake Forest College

Corinne Beverly, Virginia Commonwealth University

Jayson Bijak, University of Houston

Gabriel Brown, Marshall University

Ian Brundige, DePauw University

Daniel Camacho, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Kylin Camburn, Kutztown University

Adam Carr, Kansas State University

Bella Cartularo, Emerson College

So'le Celestial, The Evergreen State College

Grace Chambers, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Sofia Colosimo, Bryn Mawr College

Dion Copeland, University of Louisville

Alyssa Cortes, Nevada State College

Jay Cropper, Mary Baldwin University

Maddi Cuesta, Goucher College

Ramenda Cyrus, Northwestern University

Clarence Czachor, SIUE

Donnie Denome, Pitzer College

Zipi Diamond, St. Olaf College

Grace Dolan-Sandrino, Bard College

Maya Douglas, North Carolina A&T State University

Joshua Elmore, The Juilliard School

Mei'lani Eyre, Cascadia College

Jess Fahlsing, University of Wyoming

Isabel Fields, Smith College

Liam Fifer, Rhode Island College

Halley Fine, Colby College

Nick Fiorellini, Bard College

Sam Fogarty, Union College

Ce-Lai Fong, University of California, Santa Cruz

Zakiyyah Forrest, Armstrong State University

Leigh Fresina, Louisiana State University

Ocean Gao, Wesleyan University

Ananya Garg, University of Washington, Seattle

Serena Garnett, Penn State University

Nicole Gemmiti, Berklee College of Music

Aaron Giglio, LaGuardia Community College

Nikolas Gonzalez, University of California, Irvine

Jose Granados, University of Texas at Austin

Savannah Green, Clark Atlanta University

Taeshon Greene, Point Loma Nazarene University

Ren Gresbach, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Jason Gurevitch, Colby College

Ada-Marie Gutierrez, Northwestern University

Elizabeth Guzman, Ramapo College of New Jersey

Palmer Haasch, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Keeley Hard, University of Houston

Timothy Harris, University of New Mexico

Briannah Hill, University of Colorado at Boulder

Cecil Hines, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Orion Ibert, University of Houston

Danni Inman, St. John’s University

Dantae Johnson, Prairie View A&M

Leah Juliett, Western Connecticut State University

Sonya Kalara, Harvard College

Kleio Kartali, New York University

Matthew Keating, Harvard College

Halisha Knipe, Weber State

AJ Lawrence, Berklee College of Music

Annie Lee, Colby College

Jonathan Leggette, The Evergreen State College

Shannon Li, University of Michigan

Max Llamas, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

Owen Logios, University of Connecticut

Harold Lopez, Florida International University

Patrick Mardis, University of Tennessee

Josiah Masie, University of Wyoming

Rachael McCollum, Grand Valley State University

Riley McGrath, Bridgewater State University

Dorothy McIntush, Texas A&M University

Ash McIntyre, Murray State University

Andre Menchavez, University of Washington

Christine Miyazato, UC Santa Barbara

Jesús Noé Monárrez, University of Tennessee

Kay Moran, University of Oklahoma

Eve Moreno-Luz, University of California, San Diego

Rosemary Mulvey, Ithaca College

Francisco Javier Noriega, UC Santa Barbara

Hannah Oliver, Central Washington University

Morgan Pasquier, University of Washington Tacoma

Kaivon Pearson, University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Arlin Pedregon, University of New Mexico

Delaney Perkins, Lycoming College

Noah Perkins, Prairie View A&M University

Elena Piech, Ithaca College

Priyank Pillai, University of Houston

Marlon Rajan, University of Michigan

Christian Ramirez, Boston College

x rance, Ithaca College

Parker Reyes, Texas Tech University

Leo Richardson, University of Vermont

Jackson Riemerschmid, Ohio State University

Brooklyn Riepma, The College of Idaho

Valentina Rios, Middlebury College

Juviand Rivera, Kenyon College

Tevis Robinson, Columbia University

Leo Rocha, University of Missouri

Gwendalynn Roebke, University of Colorado Boulder

Theodore Rose, Rhode Island College

Sorrel Rosin, University of Oregon

Skylar Rungren, University of Maine-Orono

Katrina Sacurom, Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Julia Saliba, New York University

Shelby Salyer, UC Davis

Justin Sandoval, Tulane University

Avery Santiago, Ithaca College

Kayla Santos, Rutgers University

Athena Schwartz, University Of Utah

Maurice Scott, Vaughn College of Aeronautics

Daniel Segobiano, University of California, Santa Cruz

Trey Shimizu, SUNY Stony Brook University

Ebony Short, Georgia State University

Sawyer Stephenson, University of Oklahoma

Chantelle Sutton, University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Sunanda Tamrakar, University of Pittsburgh

Ruben Tarajano, University of Alabama

Sanjeev Thangarajah, University of Iowa

Julian Turner, University of Southern California

Julia Vanzini, The College of New Jersey

Adrian Vega, Stanford University

Ryan Wagstaff, University of Washington

Jeremy Wang, Brown University

Sara Warner, Indiana University Bloomington

Kathleen Warner, Point Loma Nazarene University

James Washburn, Cornish College of the Arts

Athena Williams, Grambling State University

Shannon Yankowski, University of South Florida

Jonathan Ye, Indiana University, Kelley School of Business

Federico Yniguez, California State University, Long Beach

Tyler Yun, San Francisco State University

Alex Zhang, Columbia University

Clare Kenny is the Director of Youth Engagement at GLAAD. She leads GLAAD's Campus Ambassador Program, Rising Stars Grants Program, and amp series. Clare is a graduate of Skidmore College.

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