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 2019-2020 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
  • Nick Fiorellini, Bard College
  • Sage Dolan-Sandrino, Bard College
  • Franchesca Araujo, Boston College
  • Riley McGrath, Bridgewater State University
  • Federico Yniguez, California State University, Long Beach
  • Mei'lani Eyre, Cascadia College
  • Dylan Barker, Cleveland State University
  • Annie Lee, Colby College
  • Halley Fine, Colby College
  • Alex Zhang, Columbia University
  • Tevis Robinson, Columbia University
  • James Washburn, Cornish College of the Arts
  • Ian Brundige, DePauw University
  • Savannah Green, Georgia State University
  • Maddi Cuesta , Goucher College
  • Athena Williams, Grambling State University
  • Rachael McCollum, Grand Valley State University
  • Matthew Keating, Harvard College
  • Sonya Kalara, Harvard College
  • Sara Warner, Indiana University
  • Jonathan Ye, Indiana University, Kelley School of Business
  • Rodney Bethea, Lake Forest College
  • Leigh Fresina, Louisiana State University
  • Delaney Perkins, Lycoming College
  • Gabriel Brown, Marshall University
  • Jay Cropper, Mary Baldwin University
  • Ash McIntyre, Murray State University
  • Maya Douglas , North Carolina A&T State University
  • Ramenda Cyrus, Northwestern University
  • Ada-Marie Gutierrez, Northwestern University
  • Ose Arheghan, Ohio State University
  • Jackson Riemerschmid, Ohio 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
  • Zipi Diamond, St. Olaf College
  • Trey Shimizu, SUNY Stony Brook University
  • Dorothy McIntush, Texas A&M University
  • Katrina Sacurom, Texas A&M University, Kingsville
  • Julia Vanzini, The College of New Jersey
  • So'le Celestial,The Evergreen State College
  • Joshua Elmore, The Juilliard School
  • Daniel Camacho, The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Leo Rocha, The University of Missouri 
  • Shelby Salyer, UC Davis
  • Francisco Javier Noriega, University of California Santa Barbara
  • Sam Fogarty, Union College
  • Ruben Tarajano, University of Alabama
  • Cecil Hines, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Andrew Auh, University of California San Diego
  • Eve Moreno-Luz, University of California San Diego
  • Daniel Segobiano, University of California Santa Cruz
  • Ce-Lai Fong, University of California Santa Cruz
  • Nikolas Gonzalez, University of California Irvine
  • Max Llamas, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
  • Gwendalynn Roebke, University of Colorado, Boulder
  • Marley Aiu, University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • Priyank Pillai, University of Houston
  • Keeley Hard, University of Houston
  • Sanjeev Thangarajah, University of Iowa
  • Dion Copeland, University of Louisville
  • Skylar Rungren, University of Maine
  • Chantelle Sutton, University of Maryland Eastern Shore
  • Marlon Rajan, University of Michigan
  • Shannon Li, University of Michigan
  • Grace Chambers, University of Nebraska
  • Timothy Harris, University of New Mexico
  • Arlin Pedregon, University of New Mexico
  • Sawyer Stephenson, University of Oklahoma
  • Kay Moran, University of Oklahoma
  • Sorrel Rosin, University of Oregon
  • Sunanda Tamrakar, University of Pittsburgh
  • Patrick Mardis, University of Tennessee
  • Jesús Noé Monárrez, University of Tennessee
  • Athena Schwartz, University Of Utah
  • Andre Menchavez, University of Washington
  • Ren Gresbach , University of Wisconsin
  • M. Dayne Scott, Vaughn College of Aeronautics
  • Corinne Beverly, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Halisha Knipe, Weber State University
  • Mason Bernardo, Western Washington 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 2019-2020 program.
When are the applications due?
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis with a deadline on Sunday, August 25th, 2019.
When will applicants be notified if they have been selected?
Recipients will be notified via email on a rolling basis before Friday, September 13th, 2019.
If I applied during this past academic year do I have to apply again?
If you applied after last year's Friday, September 15th, 2018 deadline your application will be considered for this year's 2019/2020 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 to please make a note of this in the comment section of the application. GLAAD will consider all applications that were received after September 15th, 2018 through August 2019 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 training opportunities from the GLAAD Media Institute to prepare for their role as a media advocate for LGBTQ acceptance. While most training and engagement opportunities occur remotely, GLAAD Campus Ambassadors (GCAs) have the opportunity to apply to our Campus Ambassador Leadership Team which will allow them additional in-person training opportunities. Previous GCA Leadership Team members have received invitations to join national leaders at GLAAD events throughout the year including the GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles and New York City, the New York City Pride March, and more. 
What is the time commitment?
Campus Ambassadors are expected to dedicate up to one hour per week to the program depending on their availability. The program provide additional opportunities to Campus Ambassadors which may require 4-5 hours of commitment. GCA Leaders are asked to dedicate at least two hours per week to the program.
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 2019-2020 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 may 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.