Campus Ambassadors

who are the glaad campus ambassadors?

GLAAD Campus Ambassadors are a volunteer network of LGBTQ and ally college and university students who work with GLAAD and within their local communities to build an LGBTQ movement to accelerate acceptance and end hate and discrimination.

why it matters

GLAAD Campus Ambassadors play a pivotal role in shaping culture by amplifying the voices and vision of young LGBTQ people. GLAAD's 2017 Accelerating Acceptance report revealed that 20% of young people identify as LGBTQ. Yet, the fact remains that more than 30% of Americans polled say they are uncomfortable with LGBTQ people in their families, schools, and communities.

become a glaad campus ambassador

GLAAD is seeking to train and work with current undergraduate students as our Campus Ambassadors for the 2018-2019 academic year. 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.

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Meet the Ambassadors

  • Megan Banning, Arizona State University
  • Zakiyyah Forrest, Armstrong State University
  • Brianna Peralta, Avila University
  • Nick Fiorellini, Bard College
  • C Mandler, Bard College
  • Rowan Hepps Keeney, Barnard College
  • Nicole Gemmiti, Berklee College of Music
  • Tt King, Boston College
  • Joon Park, Boston College
  • Priyank Pillai, Brazosport College
  • Riley McGrath, Bridgewater State University
  • Jeremy Wang, Brown University
  • Federico Yniguez, California State University, Long Beach
  • Leo Richardson, Castleton University
  • Hannah Oliver, Central Washington University
  • Michaela Hook, Chapman University
  • Dylan Barker, Cleveland State University
  • Jason Gurevitch, Colby College
  • Halley Fine, Colby College
  • Josua Chad Lutian, Colby College
  • Isaac Kovnator, College of Staten Island
  • Laura Dabalsa, Columbia University
  • Tevis Robinson, Columbia University
  • Justin Mendillo, Connecticut College
  • James Washburn, Cornish College of the Arts
  • Aaron Giglio, CUNY Guttman Community College
  • Mark Young, Del Mar College
  • Olivia Zayas Ryan, Elon University
  • Monique Swirsky, Elon University
  • Bella Cartularo, Emerson College
  • Harold Lopez, Florida International University
  • Maddi Cuesta, Goucher College
  • Matthew Keating, Harvard College
  • Christopher Latin, Huston-Tillitson University
  • Julian Luna, Indiana University
  • Jessica Bailey, Indiana University
  • Elena Piech, Ithaca College
  • Jay Williamson, Ithaca College
  • Rosemary Mulvey, Ithaca College
  • Carter Kohler, Ithaca College
  • Kylin Camburn, Kutztown University
  • Aisling McDermott, Le Moyne College
  • Leigh Fresina, Louisiana State University
  • Delaney Perkins, Lycoming College
  • Gabriel Brown, Marshall University
  • Malachi Robinson, Montclair State University
  • Ramon Johnson, Morehouse College
  • Kylan Kester, Morehouse College
  • Teagan Rabuano, New York University
  • Brittany Van Pelt, North Carolina A&T State University
  • Ramenda Cyrus, Northwestern University
  • Jackson Riemerschmid, Ohio State University
  • Mikaela Ashburn, Ohio University
  • Justine Smith, Oklahoma State University
  • Arin Andrews, Oklahoma State University
  • Serena Garnett, Penn State University
  • Donnie Denome, Pitzer College
  • Kathleen Warner, Point Loma Nazarene University
  • Taylor Dolniak, Point Park University
  • Noah Perkins, Prairie View A&M University
  • Emma Louden, Princeton University
  • Matthew Choi Taitano, Princeton University
  • Elizabeth Guzman, Ramapo College of New Jersey
  • Rowan Berry, Rhode Island College
  • Kayla Santos, Rutgers University
  • Clarence Czachor, SIUE
  • Kali Villarosa, Skidmore College
  • Danni Inman, St. John’s University
  • Tyler LaCarrubba, St. Joseph's College (NY)
  • Zipi Diamond, St. Olaf College
  • Adrian Vega, Stanford University
  • Dorothy McIntush, Texas A&M University
  • Bobby Brooks, Texas A&M University
  • Denzel Cammon, Texas Southern University
  • Brooklyn Riepma, The College of Idaho
  • Julia Vanzini, The College of New Jersey
  • Jonathan Leggette, The Evergreen State College
  • Sophia Alexander, UC Berkeley
  • Shelby Salyer, UC Davis
  • Christine Miyazato, UC Santa Barbara
  • Shayna Maci Warner, UCLA
  • MiMi Moore, UNC Fayetteville State University
  • Ruben Tarajano, University of Alabama
  • Jacob Sutherland, University of California San Diego
  • Daniel Segobiano, University of California Santa Cruz
  • Dylan Mattimore, University of California, Riverside
  • Fausto Cardenas, University of Central Florida
  • Briannah Hill, University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Max Llamas, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
  • Owen Logios, University of Connecticut
  • Gregory Gushiken, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
  • Jayson Bijak, University of Houston
  • Therynn Ibert, University of Houston
  • Keeley Hard, University of Houston
  • Skylar Rungren, University of Maine
  • Noah Goodwin, University of Mary Washington
  • Devin Outten, University of Maryland Eastern Shore
  • Kaivon Pearson, University of Maryland Eastern Shore
  • Benjamin Webster, University of Maryland Eastern Shore
  • Robin Zollner, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Palmer Haasch, University of Minnesota
  • Eva Reign Thomas, University of Missouri
  • Arlin Pedregon, University of New Mexico
  • Kay Moran, University of Oklahoma
  • Regan Stephenson, University of Oklahoma
  • Sorrel Rosin, University of Oregon
  • Sunanda Tamrakar, University of Pittsburgh
  • Miles Joyner, University of South Carolina
  • Prin Luis, University of South Florida
  • Julian Turner, University of Southern California
  • Skylar Freels, University of Southern California
  • Tony Hernandez, University of Texas at Austin
  • Jose Granados, University of Texas at Austin
  • Christian Briggs, University of Texas at Dallas
  • Athena Schwartz, University Of Utah
  • Andre Menchavez, University of Washington
  • Ryan Wagstaff, University of Washington
  • Morgan Pasquier, University of Washington, Tacoma
  • Ananya Garg, University of Washington
  • Ren Gresbach, University of Wisconsin
  • Josiah Masie, University of Wyoming
  • Quinton Turner, Vanderbilt University
  • Maurice Scott, Vaughn College of Aeronautics
  • Corinne Beverly, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • OceanGao, Wesleyan University
  • Leah Juliett, Western Connecticut State University
  • Mason Bernardo, Western Washington University
  • Rebecca Shoptaw, Yale University

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to become a GLAAD Campus Ambassador?
Any undergraduate student enrolled full-time at an accredited (2-year or 4-year) U.S. college or university is eligible to apply to the 2018-2019 program.
When are the applications due?
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis with a deadline on Friday, September 2nd, 2018.
When will applicants be notified if they have been selected?
Recipients will be notified via email on a rolling basis before Monday, September 10th, 2018.
If I applied during this past academic year do I have to apply again?
If you applied after the Friday, September 15th, 2017 deadline your application will be considered for the 2018/2019 program and you are not required to apply again. However, those who previously applied after this date and would like to update us on new work can do so. We ask you please make a note of this in the comment section of the application. GLAAD will consider all applications that were received after September 15th, 2017 through September 2018 for the 2018-2019 Campus Ambassador Program.
How are the Campus Ambassadors selected?
Campus Ambassadors are selected based on their involvement in and passion for LGBTQ advocacy, as well as on their interest and experience in creating original content related to LGBTQ communities (ex. blog writing, creative writing, video blogging, photography, videography, graphic design, other multimedia skills, etc.).
What are the responsibilities of a Campus Ambassador?
Campus Ambassadors are encouraged to contribute localized multimedia content to GLAAD platforms and engage in GLAAD campaigns. Campus Ambassadors are presented with opportunities to appear in media, serve as a spokesperson, and are encouraged to participate actively in GLAAD campaigns. Most work will be done remotely.
What are the benefits of becoming a Campus Ambassador?
Campus Ambassadors receive an invitation to join GLAAD national leaders at the annual summit (2018 location/date TBD) to train for their role as a media advocate for LGBTQ acceptance.
What is the time commitment?
Campus Ambassadors are expected to dedicate up to 1 hour per week to the program depending on their availability. Other weeks the program will provide Campus Ambassadors with opportunities that may require 4-5 hours of commitment.
Is this a paid opportunity?
The GLAAD Campus Ambassador Program is a volunteer opportunity, and participants will not be compensated.
What is the relationship a Campus Ambassador has with GLAAD?
Campus Ambassadors are a volunteer network with strong relationship with the GLAAD national team. Campus Ambassadors receive training from the GLAAD Media Institute, invitations to GLAAD events, consultation and guidance from members of the GLAAD national team, and are invited to contribute their ideas and content to GLAAD and our platforms.
How many Campus Ambassadors can there be on one college’s campus? / Will I be able to become a Campus Ambassador if there is already one at my university?
There is no maximum number of Campus Ambassadors per university. Anyone can apply regardless of if there is already a Campus Ambassador attending your university.
How many Campus Ambassadors are in the program?
GLAAD plans to have up to 150 Campus Ambassadors participating in the 2018-2019 academic year.
Is this just a one year commitment as a Campus Ambassador?
Campus Ambassadors are asked to serve at least one academic year, and are encouraged to return for additional terms as long as they remain eligible and active members of the program.
Can being a Campus Ambassador count for college credit?
The GLAAD Campus Ambassador Program does not qualify as college credit. Your work as a Campus Ambassador may qualify as volunteer hours should you need to fulfill a college or community volunteer requirement.
Do I have to be a U.S. citizen to apply or become a Campus Ambassador?
You do not have to be a U.S. citizen to apply or become a Campus Ambassador. You are eligible as long as you are an undergraduate student enrolled full-time at an accredited U.S. college or university. It is important to note that there will be opportunities to travel as a benefit of being a Campus Ambassador. If you are not permitted or are unable to travel in the U.S. please let us know in your application in the additional comments section. This will not in any way prejudice our decision-making/judging process.
Why would you like to know my Demographic Information (gender identity, sexual identity, and racial identity, etc.)?
Even though giving us this information is purely on a voluntary basis, we would like this info in order to make sure we are reaching a wide and diverse population of potential entrants, especially within the LGBTQ community. NOTE: Providing or not providing us with this information will not in any way prejudice our decision-making/judging process.