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

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Meet Our 2021-22 Student Ambassadors

Daniel Burke

Daniel Burke is a Claremont Graduate Scholar pursuing his MBA with a marketing certificate focus at Claremont Graduate University Drucker School of Management. Daniel holds a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Studies from Pitzer College and an Associate of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from San Bernardino Valley College.

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.

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Malinda Hackett

Malinda Hackett is a second year PhD student pursuing an interfield degree in Cultural Studies and English. She has a BA in Cinema Studies from San Francisco State University and an MA in English from California State University, Northridge. Her research focuses on both scholarly and creative work and her areas of interest are American Literature, detective fiction, gothic, noir, feminist geography, ecofeminism, trauma theory, labor theory, decolonial theory, media studies, and digital humanities.

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.

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Makuochukwu Okoma

Makuochukwu Okoma, is a PhD Candidate in Economics and Political Science, she has a Masters in Science for global commerce and Finance from Claremont Graduate University, as well as a Masters of Art in Economics from University of Southern California, she is also a certified google data analytics professional. She is a Nigerian and obtain her bachelors degree from Covenant University Ota, in Nigeria. Makuochukwu possesses the ultimate “can do” attitude while taking on all tasks with a positive energy and cheerfulness. Her upbeat personality and engaging personal style enable her to interact effectively with colleagues and faculty members. She is very well organized, responsible and dedicated and can handle effectively loads of work and keeps track of the details necessary to coordinate events of international nature.Above all she is a wife and a mother to a perfect daughter.

Brandon Orozco

Brandon Orozco is a second-year HRM (Human Resources Management) student at CGU. Brandon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a dual minor in Philosophy and Business Management from Grand Canyon University. He is also a member of numerous honor societies and professional organizations, which include: Alpha Chi, Psi Chi, The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS), The Society for Collegiate Leadership and Achievement (SCLA), and SHRM member.

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 Munguia-Pinon

Daisy Munguia-Pinon is FLEX MBA student and serves as Associate Director for Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. Overseeing the Southern California region, she focuses on ensuring children in need are enrolled in effective federal nutrition programs; equitable initiatives; community partnerships, and ending childhood hunger. Previously, she served as the Regional Director for Rocket Learning, a national supplemental educational service provider. Rocket Learning provided free after-school tutoring programs, parent engagement workshops, and digital-based curriculum to help drive educational awareness within lower income communities.

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 Villarreal

Francesca earned her Master of Social Work degree from California State University, San Bernardino, and is currently a forensic social worker at the Law Offices of the Public Defender, San Bernardino County.

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.