The Graduate Student Ambassador Program (GSA) welcomed its first cohort of Claremont Graduate University Ambassadors in Spring 2020. The GSA was established for current students to get an opportunity to represent the University by sharing their experiences with prospective, new and continuing students while gaining valuable professional development tools. Graduate Student Ambassadors work closely with the Enrollment Services division to offer their insight as a CGU student, its degree and certificate programs, the student experience, and overall community impact.
As a member of the Student Ambassador Program, graduate students are provided training, leadership development, and professional experiences that expand their networking, public speaking and higher education advocacy skills. Moreover, Ambassadors are able to share their graduate scholar story and empower their peers to pursue and persist towards their academic and professional goals.
To learn more about CGU’s Graduate Student Ambassador program or to apply, please contact: The Office of Student Engagement
Meet Our 2021-22 Student Ambassadors
Daniel is currently a Media Fellow at Rain the Growth Agency, a full-service direct-to-consumer advertising and marketing agency in Portland OR. He has 10 years of experience working in marketing for both for-profit and non-profit organizations and is passionate about the use of behavioral technologies—such as social media—and how they contribute to the influence and persuasion of human behavior. Daniel has a desire to pursue a PhD in behavioral marketing and work within a strategy capacity in the private sector.
Daniel’s extracurricular passions consists of being a board member for Qweerty Gamers, a non-profit that specializes in advocating for the representation of queer identities in gaming and game development. He is a content creator that discusses leadership, self-empowerment, and social advocacy and can be found focusing on his self-care and mental health through hiking, cycling, gaming, and living his best life. Although Daniel is dedicated to his academic and professional development he also is dedicated to his humanity and recognizing that what defines him isn’t just his earned titles but what he does in life with his experiential knowledge.
While at CSUN, Malinda taught first-year writing and served as assistant editor and member of the editorial board for Waves: A Collection of Student Essays. During her tenure as editor, Malinda had the opportunity to mentor several students who became published authors for the first time. Her own work has appeared in Clues: A Journal of Detection, and she has several forthcoming publications including an essay for the Routledge Companion to Crime Fiction and Ecology. She is a member of the National English Honor Society, Sigma Tau Delta, the Pop Culture Association, Northeast Modern Language Association, and the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association.
Malinda is excited at the opportunity to represent first-generation and older students like herself as a Student Ambassador at CGU. In her free time, she writes crime fiction, goes for long walks with her dog Riley, and volunteers at her daughter’s elementary school.
Brandon is also the Founder and President of the first HR-focused student chapter at Claremont Graduate University named PIHRA CGU. Notably, PIHRA is an acronym for Professionals in Human Resource Association and is an affiliate of SHRM (Society of Human Resource Management). There was no HR-focused student chapter when Brandon came to CGU, and he was proud to bring a well-known HR organization to CGU and its students. Brandon has recently accepted an internship in Human Resources at InstaHub.
Brandon also has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) which, for him, is primarily a social disorder but has not let it stop him from pursuing his dreams. Brandon is passionate about helping others and finding potential in people because he had others help him find his potential. Namely, Brandon was mentored by his Philosophy Professor in his undergrad and was close friends with the former President of TEDxGrandCanyonUniversity. As a result, Brandon is committed to helping others realize their potential.
Daisy has 10+ years as a leader within the non-profit and educational sector, she is driven by the dream of creating educational equity for students of color, marginalized groups, and socio-economically disadvantaged communities. She is the President of Net Impact at the Drucker School of Management, holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications with a minor in Chicano Studies from CSUF, accepted and completed UCLA’s Riordan MBA Fellowship and the rigorous School Business Management Certificate Program at USC. She now continues her story at Drucker’s FLEX MBA program at Claremont Graduate University.
Francesca is passionate about using her education and life experiences to increase corporate social responsibility that is intentional and sustained through time. Additionally, she would like to protect intellectual property rights and build strategic business opportunities in BIPOC communities.
Personally, Francesca enjoys spending time with her family, watching sports, and working out.
Meet Our 2019-2020 Student Ambassadors
Tayo’s area of interest is in data science and analytics modelling for value optimization in organizations. He is a fellow with the Digital Learning Lab of CGU’s Office of Information Technology, where he facilitates workshops on the use of basic technologies available to students, such as PowerPoint and Python. An international student himself, Tayo is invested in helping new students from outside the U.S. settle in and maximize the opportunities that being a Claremont student offers them.
He is a member of various professional bodies and social organizations, which includes the following: Western Economic Association International (WEAI), American Economic Association (AEA), Board of Accountants and Auditors (TZ), Tanganyika Law Society, UNI Global Union, Public-Private Partnership (PPP), Strathclyde Alumni Scotland (UK), and Balanced Scorecard Institute.
Francis assumes a few roles at CGU. He is currently the Treasurer for the Graduate Student Council (GSC) and serves as a Student Ambassador for the Enrollment Services division. On his spare time, Francis enjoys mentoring, jogging, walking, and watching soccer.
Nicole is a Toyota Supply Chain Fellow and the leader of several organizations on campus, including the President of the Venture Capital Club at the Drucker School of Management and President of the newly formed INFORMS club for Claremont Graduate University. This past summer, Nicole interned with Lowe’s Home Improvement as an E-commerce and Product Merchandising Intern where she interacted with the supply chain sourcing organizations to improve the e-commerce business and better serve Lowe’s customers.
Nicole’s hobbies include mentoring and supporting her hometown of Chino, California by exposing minority youth to entrepreneurship and careers in IT and supply chain through her sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and the Chino Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Jia has background in graphic design and is interested in cross-culture communication, contemporary art market, and media. Her current research is focused on understanding the phenomenon of artist branding.
Outside the academic setting, Jia enjoys board games, yoga, and exhibition visiting.
Irene is extremely interested in urban development and global lifestyles. She loves to share international travel and Airbnb stay experiences.
During this pandemic, Irene enjoys sweating on hiking trails in Claremont!
Kriti is passionate about working for a cause and it motivates her to wake up every morning knowing that she is doing something for a greater purpose. She likes to explore and make the most of all the resources that are available to her at CGU. She is also a part of GSC and likes to volunteer at events on campus.
As an international student, she understands the hesitation to reach out and would like to bridge this gap by being a student ambassador. When she is not studying, Kriti enjoys cooking and biking. She also loves chasing sunsets. Her personal belief is to “adapt, overcome and improvise”.
Therese Julia Uy
She is currently a Student Ambassador to the School of Educational Studies and a receptionist for Student Services at Claremont Graduate University. Therese Julia received her B.A. in English with a minor in Civic Engagement from UCLA. She is a 1.5 generation Filipina-American, and her research interests include literacy education and healing justice.
In her down time, she enjoys reading, being outdoors, and knitting.