Our Student Ambassadors


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(Pictured left to right) Back row: Julian Oliver (Coordinator), Christian Clark, Noah Tanner, Brandon Dye

Third Row: Kiana Sargent, Pilar McGuire, Madison Hogans, Lauren French

Second Row: Mary Beth McCullough, Rosie Sebastian (inactive), Madison Wright, Stella Cox

First Row: Carson Stebbing, Clare King, Natalie Bennett, Hannah Eady

 

Who are we?

The Office of Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity began this exciting program in 2016 for students who aspire to assist with the Office’s initiatives. Our Ambassadors are student who are committed to learning about the the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and are willing to promote and encourage other students in the Auburn community to work towards becoming more multiculturally competent.
 
By participating in this program, students agree to attend weekly meetings, attend trainings, workshops, and campus events to increase their knowledge, awareness, and skills regarding diversity on Auburn's campus. This program is designed to create opportunities for students to actively engage in activities to advance diversity and inclusion. The program provides avenues for selected students to facilitate discussions, provide peer diversity training and host diversity related programming such as our Coffee Talks and Diversity Movie Nights.
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Vision:

The Student Ambassadors for the Office of Inclusion, Equity and Diversity within the College of Sciences and Mathematics believe that true innovation results when individuals of different races, ethnicities, genders, abilities, status, nationalities, religious affiliations, sexual orientations, and socioeconomic backgrounds collectively work together to solve problems. We create an environment where everyone’s differences are not only acknowledged but celebrated under the belief that we are all unique and have something to contribute. Through the continuous improvement of diverse representation at all levels and the creation of an inclusive environment that fosters intellectual creativity, our Ambassadors are committed to promoting peer-to-peer engagement through various events to increase awareness of social injustices. We understand and seek to diminish inequities on Auburn’s Campus in the STEM fields to help individuals grow both intellectually and personally through meaningful diverse experiences.

 

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Mission: 

COSAM OIED Student Ambassadors seek to bring awareness to OIED services and programs; encourage interest in STEM fields in students from all backgrounds grades k-12; and promote an inclusive environment for all students. Through these actions, the ultimate mission of Ambassadors is to function as liaisons, collaborators, and representatives of OIED and the diverse COSAM student populace. As such, Ambassadors is a link between the Office, Auburn students, grade school students, and also an extension of the COSAM OIED mission.

 

 

Apply to be a Student Ambassador here!

  

Introducing Our Student Ambassadors

  

 

natalie_bennett.jpgNatalie Bennett

Standing: Junior

Major: Biomedical Sciences

Email: nnb0009@auburn.edu  

"It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength." - Maya Angelou

My piece of advice: I would first discuss topics related to the struggles we all face as students to make everyone feel seen and comfortable. Ask questions that make students put themselves in someone else's shoes as it relates to the topic. At the start, having 1-on-1 conversation with students makes them know that their opinion matters and that it's important to the conversation.

 

 

christian_clark.jpgChristian Clark 

Standing: Junior

Major: Biomedical Sciences

Email: ctc0061@auburn.edu 

"Diversity is not how we differ. Diversity is about embracing one another’s uniqueness." -Ola Joseph

My piece of advice: Thankfully, we live in a country where we are free to have our own opinions and feeling about anything and everything from government policies to which ice cream flavor is your favorite. I would encourage them that their view point is their own and part of discussing an OIED topic is to have your own view points and feeling regarding whatever it is you would like to discuss.

 

 

stella_cox_no_quote.jpgStella Cox 

Standing: Senior

Major: Biomedical Sciences, Pre-Dentistry Concentration

Email: scc0070@auburn.edu 

"Strength lies in differences, not similarities." - Stephen Covey

 

  

brandon.jpegBrandon Dye 

Standing: Junior

Major: Biomedical Sciences, Pre-Medical Concentration, Political Science Minor

Email: bad0044@auburn.edu 

"Diversity is having a seat at the table, inclusion is having a voice, and belonging is having that voice be heard." - Amanda L. Bonilla

 

  

hannah_eady.jpgHannah Eady 

Standing: Sophomore

Major: Microbial Biology - Cell/Molecular 

Email: hee0015@auburn.edu 

“The beauty of the world lies in the diversity of its people” - unknown

 

 

lauren_french.jpgLauren French 

Standing: Senior

Major: Major Biomedical Sciences, Minor Nutritional Science

Email: lsf0014@auburn.edu 

“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity." - Martin Luther King, Jr

My piece of advice: Don't be afraid to speak up and speak out about what you are passionate or concerned about! Life is too short to live in fear or have any regrets. Come from a place of kindness and also be attentive to what they say and personal growth will come from the conversation.

 

 

madison_hogans.jpegMadison Hogans

Standing: Senior

Major: Biomedical Sciences, Pre-Medical Concentration

Email: mdh0081@auburn.edu 

"Life without diversity is like a puzzle missing pieces. No matter how you look at it, it will never be the picture it was intended to be." 

 

 

clare_king.jpgClare King 

Standing: Senior

Major: Chemistry/Biochemistry

Email: chk0013@auburn.edu  

"Diversity in the world is a basic characteristic of human society, and also the key condition for a lively and dynamic world as we see today." - Jinato Hu

 

 

mary_beth_mccullough.jpgMary Beth McCullough

Standing: Senior

Major: Biomedical Sciences, Pre-Medical Concentration

Email: mem0216@auburn.edu 

"We are all different, which is great because we are all unique."

"Without diversity, life would be very boring." - Catherine Pulsifer

 

 

pilar_mcguire.jpgPilar McGuire 

Standing: Sophomore

Major: Biomedical Sciences

Email: pdm0020@auburn.edu 

"Society is unity in diversity” - George M. Head

My piece of advice: Start the conversation! Remind them they are in a safe place.

 

 

kiana_sargent.jpgKiana Sargent 

Standing: Sophomore

Major: Chemistry/Biochemistry

Email: kms0177@auburn.edu 

"As opposed to the similar orthography of adversity, diversity only serves to bring unity amongst individuals"

My piece of advice: I never could understand the nervousness of being open to all types of conversation. Only those, who have been belittled before, become nervous. Speaking your mind is the truest thing one could do.

 

 

carson_stebbing.jpgKarson Stebbing 

Standing: Senior

Major: Biomedical Sciences

Email: kps0017@auburn.edu 

"Unity, not uniformity, must be our aim. We attain unity only through variety. Differences must be integrated, not annihilated, not absorbed" - Mary Parker Follett

 

 

noah_tanner_last.jpgNoah Tanner 

Standing: Sophomore

Major: Excercise Science

Email: net0014@auburn.edu  

 

 

madison_wright.jpgMadison Wright 

Standing: Senior

Major: Biomedical Sciences, Pre-Pharmacy Concentration

Email: mrw0078@auburn.edu 

"I never could understand the nervousness of being open to all types of conversation. Only those, who have been belittled before, become nervous. Speaking your mind is the truest thing one could do." - Ruth Bader Ginsburg

My piece of advice: I would ask them their opinion on a topic with hope that they would get comfortable speaking their thoughts. Once I feel that they are open to conversation, I would encourage them to begin a discussion on the topic they are passionate about.